CUT forges strategic partnerships for a worthy cause

Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) in collaboration with Mangaung Metro and Department of Sport and Recreation launched the inaugural Ministerial Golf Day with the aim of supporting financially deserving students who are studying at CUT. This partnership with the Department of Sports and Recreation and local sponsors is a strategic and brilliant platform in terms of broader objectives of advancing development, excellence and equitable access among CUT students.

“On behalf of CUT, I wish to thank our local sponsors for showing their interest to support this worthy cause. We commend Honourable Minister Mbalula for his leadership and vision for our students. Indeed, we are passionate about this partnership with his department and I am sure that it will inspire our students to excel even more in pursuit of their studies,” said Prof. Mojalefa Ralekhetho, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal during the inaugural Ministerial Golf Day.

For seven years, CUT Golf Club and Wellness Centre have demonstrated consistent and on-going support for CUT students to realize their dreams of being able to continue their studies. The Department has equally been committed to these goals with emphasis on moving forward the development of sports among the youth, and realizing Minister Fikile Mbalula’s long standing commitment to and passion for sports development in this country.

“Many of our students at CUT are battling financially every single day. The cost of education, accommodation, food, books, stationary and transport are some of these battles our students fight in their quest to be educated and contribute to their country. Many of them simply don’t have the financial backup and the result are almost always drop-out from their studies,” said Dr Pakiso Tondi, Deputy Registrar: Student Services.

Through its Wellness Programmes, the university has made laudable progress in terms of student support. Since the inception of this project in 2008, food parcels, book vouchers, transport fees and meal tickets have been provided annually to the needy students with the help of local sponsors. With the Minister on board, the project is growing from strength to strength and many more students will be supported during their studies at CUT.

Super Sport is an important partner which through its Blitz channel, will drive huge live coverage of the event as the day unfolds.

Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Mojalefa Ralekhetho, represented CUT’s executive management interest at the Golf Day.

More about CUT
CUT is a leader in many technology fields ranging from learning programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a broad field in which CUT has about 44% of its enrolments, much higher than many other South African universities. Further, CUT’s research and innovation leadership in many areas, more especially in rapid prototyping and manufacturing is world class. The latter has been honoured by both the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of its National Medical Device Platform and the National Research Foundation (NRF), with the latter having granted CUT a Chair in this area. Through its social and technological innovations CUT aims to contribute towards the social-economic development in the region as well as in the rest of South Africa and internationally.

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