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The annual UCT Phonathon sees UCT students call alumni to chat about their time as students, update contact details and discuss donating to a critical student-support programme at the university.

Organised by the Development and Alumni Department, the Phonathon runs from 18 June to 13 July.

The 2019 Phonathon will support UCT’s Food Programme. Many of our students go hungry, and UCT is not immune to the country’s rampant socio-economic challenges.

Student hunger is hidden and stigmatised. Our response is to eliminate that stigma and to promote, instead, students’ dignity, agency and ability to broaden their minds without uncertainty about their next meal.

Our current food programme has been operating since January 2019, while smaller versions operated in 2018. Presently, 600 packed lunches are provided daily to students on all UCT campuses. The UCT Food Connect service pre-packages and delivers these lunches daily and a team of volunteers ensures the distribution of these lunches on all campuses.

From 2020, students will receive vouchers that they may redeem at UCT Food and Connect outlets. Vouchers open a range of choices for students at lunchtime and removes the indignity of food security being regarded as a handout.

One advantage of the voucher system is that students can choose from a range of lunch options.

A daily voucher for one student costs R32.00, as per 2019 costs. Some 600 students are currently funded. We estimate that the number of affected students is higher.

With 80 teaching and exam days in total, we need to raise at least R 1 536 000 to fund the programme for one semester in 2020.

Every rand makes a difference. With your help, we can enable the next generation of alumni to focus on their studies without worrying about where our next meal is coming from. Give us just ten minutes of your time between 18 June and 13 July. Our students will call you on weekday evenings before 20:30, and on Saturdays between 10:00 and 17:00.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and join the conversation using #UCTFood4Thought.

Student Callers

Alexander October

Alistair Mkhize

Anathi Seyisi

Andrew Hlupo

Aneeka Davids

Anele Hoza

Awonke Goso

Brian Badiroang

Chwayita Thobela

Fagmeedah Wentzel

Katleho Moloi

Khumbulani Ntuli

Lance August

Landile Mchunu

Lerato Jaca

Ludwe Qosho

Nathi Nono

Nolitha Ngamlana

Nomonde Phukwana

Nuraan Nackerdien

Qasif Isaacs

Qhama Daka

Rachael Mutgaana

Rani Wiswedel


Silungile Mngadi

Simphiwe Sithebe

Sinesipho Somwahla

Siphenathi Khunyana

Siyanda Bokwe


Zayaan Adams

Zolani Sophethe