Prof. Russel Botman established a bursary fund in his name with the hope of finding new ways towards a new society. He recognised that access to Stellenbosch University should be broadened beyond its apartheid, historical or traditional intake. He knew that with greater inclusivity conditions, SU will be conducive to establishing new traditions and by implication, a new heritage for generations to come.
With the horrific events particularly at the end of Women’s Month in August, we entered Heritage Month. Under this dark cloud of extreme incidences of violence, violations of human rights and violent crimes against women, in particular, we have to take his legacy of including women in decision making positions in his spheres of influence and create study and bursary opportunities to work towards this new society. We salute the 2019 recipients for their dedication towards their studies as well as their efforts to distinguish themselves in the communities where they find themselves. Together with the two men, these seven women are committed to being voices against abuse and violence, and voices for a new heritage.
We are also proud that one of our recipients is an elected SRC member who ran his campaign in recognition of the Russel Botman legacy and its legitimate place at the current SU. In this tradition, we wish to appeal to you to support the Russel Botman Bursary Fund with your generous donations. Without your donations, we cannot create bursary opportunities for women and men to help establish a new heritage which is more equal, just and free in our communities and society.