TSIBA Board Chairperson, Professor Fatima Abrahams, has initiated an appeal for extraordinary support to TSIBA students during the current crisis.

The intention of the Chairperson’s Fund is to assist the most financially needy of our students, and to those students whose continued studies at TSIBA is at risk as a consequence of the financial circumstances which they find themselves in – with significant long-term consequences to themselves and their families.

The proceeds of the fund will cover costs such as crucial living expenses (food, accommodation) and short-term study costs, including access to data which students are dependent on as we continue to support remote learning, especially given the increasing likelihood of protracted remote learning and the difficult economic situation many of our students may find themselves in going forward.

As a Private Higher Education Institution, TSIBA does not qualify for the free, or reverse-charge data offered by some providers to the public-funded universities in South Africa, notwithstanding that we are registered as a not-for-profit entity.

Access to data is a key component of the social justice which TSIBA strives to achieve. Unfortunately, it also comes at significant cost – hence the Chairperson’s appeal.

In support of this appeal Professor Abrahams has committed funds in her personal capacity as a deep commitment to our students, and as a means to inspire those who have the resources and willingness to support this campaign.