The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Officer, Palesa Phili, has today challenged her fellow business leaders, colleagues and friends to pledge a minimum of R67 or multiples thereof to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Foundation’s ‘UKZN Bursaries for Change’ campaign to raise R8 million for twenty students to complete their studies at UKZN. “For the second year in a row, we have partnered with the UKZN Foundation for this campaign because it epitomises our commitment to the ideals and values of NelsonMandela.

This will honour his memory, raise money for one of the causes close to his heart and also empower the next generation with the tools to effect social and economic change”, said Phili. “As the business community, contributing to this effort is an investment in the business capacity and sustainability of our province”, added Phili. Executive director UKZN Foundation, Professor Anesh Singh said,  “The University of KwaZulu-Natal Foundation launched the R67 for Mandela Day campaign in 2018 to involve the people of KwaZulu-Natal in assisting deserving students to complete their University education.  The people of KZN generously opened their hearts and collectively raised R364, 000, which provided partial bursaries for ten students.  This year we have changed the name of the campaign and the images to align with the branding of the NelsonMandela Foundation.  We are grateful to the Durban Chamber for supporting and driving this campaign through to their members. 

I encourage you to support this campaign with the same enthusiasm as you did last year by donating and sharing the message with others”.  Director of Mandela Day and Special Projects, Yase Godlo said, “The Nelson MandelaFoundation is proud to support the UKZN Bursaries for Change initiative. This MandelaDay campaign is key in providing opportunities to students and youth who have the ambition to make a change in their own lives and that of their families.

We encourage everyone to get involved and support this initiative #ActionAgainstPoverty”. “Join us in contributing to this worthy cause and together let us embolden the next generation to become icons like Mandela, who can affect positive social and economic change in our society”, concluded Phili. 

If you wish to support this initiative you can either support this campaign via the Durban Chamber’s BackaBuddy page: or directly via the UKZN Foundation’s donation page To learn more about the campaign, visit