Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Makes me all proud

It helps when you're receiving well over a million, but a feel good story none-the-less...

Charity starts at Rhodes
University’s new boss takes pay cut to sponsor students

"NEWLY installed Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Saleem Badat is taking a R200,000 pay cut to put five needy and deserving students through university each year.

Badat has set up a fund named after Rhodes University chancellor, Professor Jakes Gerwel, to provide five full scholarships to local candidates on the basis of academic potential and financial need. He announced the fund at his recent inauguration, saying it would provide for students whose aspirations are limited by social status.

The event was attended by Education Minister Naledi Pandor, who noted that Rhodes had the second poorest equity profile of all universities in the country last year. Based on its history and reputation, the university could continue “to take the cream of the crop of well-prepared matriculants and leave the challenge of dealing with the legacy of educational disadvantaged to others”, she said, but added: “I very much doubt if Saleem has come to Rhodes to do that!”

Rhodes University spokesperson Natasha Joseph said Badat’s generous offer of support to local beneficiaries underlined his intention to work with the Grahamstown and Eastern Cape communities. “It is a very practical, very real step to get in there and make a difference,” said Joseph.

Badat declined to reveal how much the donation represented of his total salary. But while negotiating his package, university spokesperson Guy White said it fell well within Higher Education South Africa’s guidelines of between R1,1 million and R1,7m..."

Daily Dispatch

5 comments:

Kop said...

That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside - NOT!

Koekie said...

Aaah, Kop you're such a tough cookie.

Admit it. You miss it. No, wait. You miss me. That's it.

:-P

ChewTheCud said...

So its somewhere in the region of 11 - 18% of his salary. Hey at least its something. Some other people wouldn't even consider a move like that. Our new soccer caoch gets that much in 1 month.

Koekie said...

Maybe something our ministers could think about doing... instead of dining out on R96,000 per meal bills. Just a thought.

Personally, I'm still jealously guarding every peanut, I mean penny, that I get paid.

Champagne Heathen said...

Good for him! Hopefully it'll inspire a few other head honchos (sp?). Doubt it, but hopefully!