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UWC and Tiger Brands Launch Food Security Programme

UWC and Tiger Brands team up to address student hunger on campus.

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) and Tiger Brands have launched a Student Nutrition and Wellness programme to assist with student hunger on campus.

The partnership with Tiger Brands has helped to set up a pantry on campus as part of a holistic exercise to address student wellness and wellbeing. The initial bulk of food items of this pilot project has been delivered, and will be distributed in time for the June 2017 examination period.

As a start, Tiger Brands will be providing monthly stock to assist hundreds over a 3 month period and thereafter will look into a proposal for a long-term 3-5 year partnership.

The partnership acknowledges the politics of giving and taking and the challenges of dependency, and recognizes the need to empower students as part of a comprehensive upskilling programme to address self-dependency.

“Free education is not the only thing that frustrates students,” says Asanda Bleki, the President of UWC’s Student Representative Council, which has been instrumental in setting up this project. “I am happy that we as the SRC have taken a huge step in working towards a zero hunger goal for UWC students.”

UWC is one of four universities Tiger Brands has partnered up with for the nutrition programme - Tiger Brands donates about 63 000 food parcels per month.

“Our aim is to create an environment that is conducive for effective learning,” explains Mary Jane Morifi. Group Executive of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability of Tiger Brands Limited. “We cannot have students who come to university to learn stressing about not having food to eat and compromising themselves just so they can have a meal.”

UWC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Development and Support, Professor Pamela Dube, says the University is proud to announce this partnership with Tiger Brands.  

“As a University we are counting on the academic, research and professional expertise of our internal stakeholders, with whom we are working together to address the challenge of food security. We look to the University community to continue to support our students especially during examination periods but to also consider contributing to the pantry with non-perishable items and toiletries, now that there is sizeable storage space.”

We have a deep appreciation of what is happening here today,” Prof Dube adds. “Food insecurity is a major issue not only in our universities but in our country, and one we may never be able to conquer totally - but at least we are doing something.”

The basic food stuff will be provided according to a set criteria to students according to need. A call will be issued to the University community for top-up contributions of additional dry food and other goods.

If you would like to assist the University with this endeavour, please contact the Student Development and Support office on 021 959 3590 or via email at