The event will raise funds for needy academically deserving students. The trust has to date funded 636 students to a maximum of R10 000 for each academic year for tuition and boarding fees throughout their studies.
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane will attend the fundraising gala dinner, which will be held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Gauteng.
Minister Muthambi said this year’s event is even more significant, given what has transpired at tertiary institutions over tuition fees.
“After witnessing how the 2016 academic programmes were threatened, I view this event as importance not only to keep alive Tiro’s legacy alive, but also to promote nation building. I strongly believe in the value of education, as it has both intellectual and economic value.
“As government, we believe that dialogues to address students’ demands could still take place while academic programmes are underway,” Minister Muthambi said.
Onkgopotse Tiro was a South African student activist and black consciousness militant, who was murdered by the apartheid state.
One of the speakers at the fundraiser, which will be held under the theme ‘20 Years of Adding to the Knowledge Economy’, is the president of the university’s alumni and convocation, Advocate Thomas Bongo.