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BANKSETA hands over R400, 000.00 to The Disability Student Unit

Mr. Max Makhubalo CEO of BANKSETA and Mr. Martin Mahosi Chairperson of the BANKSETA Board handed over a cheque worth R400, 000.00 for the Disability Student Unit in support of the Univen students living with disabilities, in an event which was held at the University of Venda Council Chambers on Friday, 9th of November 2012.

BANKSETA delegation handover the cheque to The Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Mbati

The launch follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Venda and BANKSETA. The University of Venda Disability Student Unit supports students with various disabilities, including visual, hearing, physical, speech impairments, chronic illnesses (diabetes, epilepsy), painful conditions (back injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome), psychological disabilities (bipolar disorder and severe anxiety/depression) and temporary disabilities. In his response, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Peter Mbati appreciated the efforts of BANKSETA as UNIVEN is recognized as an institution of higher learning with the highest number of disabled students per capita in the entire country. He also expressed his gratitude to BANKSETA for their generosity. The Vice-Chancellor further expressed his sincere appreciation for having the CEO, Chairperson and members of Board at the handover ceremony and that their presence reflects commitment from BANKSETA. After the handing over ceremony, Mr. Max Makhubalo delivered a Public Lecture on the topic: “The role of the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) in transforming the banking and microfinance sector and the economy” in the Senate Chambers.


Mr Makhubalo asserted that the concept of “Transformation” has become so inextricably linked and deeply entrenched within all aspects of South African national identity. Moreover, he saw transformation as pivotal in building our democracy and that it can also contribute towards significant change we hope for as a country moving forward in terms of economic growth, social equality and stability.


The BANKSETA delegation led by Mrs. Mbuvha, later visited the Disability Student Unit to get an eyeful of available facilities and equipment. Mr. Gadisi, Material Production Technology Practitioner, demonstrated to the delegation how some technological facilities inside the Unit operate. The delegation was impressed with the quality of the technological equipment available to assist students living with disabilities in the Unit.


Mrs. Tshifhiwa Mbuvha, Head of Disability Unit assured BANKSETA that their funding will assist the Unit in achieving its second strategic objective of providing quality teaching and learning, using adaptive software and hardware facilities, to students with disabilities.