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Welcome to UWC Foundation

The UWC Foundation, under the umbrella of the Jakes Gerwel Education Endowment and Development Fund, coordinates fundraising towards sustainability through professional networking and engagement.

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 UWC Foundation


As an institution that subscribes to sound governance and responsible management, the UWC Foundation incorporates the expertise of key public professional roleplayers and executive management as members of the board.

The Board of Trustees of the UWC Foundation is committed to facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and the donor community, guided by the principles of strategic fit, project impact and sustainability and, above all, accountability. 

The Jakes Gerwel Education, Development and Endowment Fund

The Jakes Gerwel Education, Development and Endowment Fund was established in 2012 in memory of Professor Jakes Gerwel who, during his term as Rector of the University of the Western Cape, consistently advocated equal access to higher education and implemented policies that deracialised the student demographic profile of the institution by broadening access to UWC for African students.

Since education is the core business of the University, the aim of the Jakes Gerwel Education, Development and Endowment Fund is to enable deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at UWC.

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