Couple donates block of flats to UWC
Responding to the student accommodation crisis, a Bellville businessman and his wife have donated a block of 30 flats to the University of the Western Cape, each one consisting of 2 bedrooms.
“We are aware of the struggles the University of the Western Cape and students face. Too many students de-register because they cannot afford the cost of accommodation and transport. As business people since 1963 in Bellville South, this is where we successfully traded and we cannot turn a blind eye to the needs of our community,” said Mr Solly Nagdee.
“We give to various causes, but education is at the forefront”, Nagdee went on to say during an official handover at the UWC Rector’s office.
Mr Nagdee started working as a store man for TOTAL oil Johannesburg in 1963 and made a successful bid for a Cape Town petrol station that “wasn’t doing too well”.Three nervous months followed before he pulled through to make Modderdam motors one of Total’s biggest success stories and one of the biggest selling petrol stations in South Africa.
He Settled in Bellville South when he got married in 1965, and in 1966 he made a bid for another Total petrol station - Klipfontein motors in Athlone - that was also not doing well. The year 1972 saw him emerging as the top Total dealer in the Republic of South Africa.
“This donation to UWC is not the first one. Some vacant plots adjoining university ground was donated in 2013 specifically, as we were told at the time, for much needed administration offices”, said his wife, Mrs Khairu Nagdee.