Just last year Prof. Russel Botman spoke. His words were the Quote of the Day in Africa News on 23 July 2018: “Africa needs a new generation of responsible leaders who will be willing to place the public good before self-interest”, spoken at an earlier Talloires Network gathering. He continues to speak. It is in community engagement that universities can contribute to, increase and sustain the impact on transforming our country, continent and the world.
It is in this new generation of leaders that the Russel Botman Bursary Fund is investing. At the Russel Botman Memorial Lecture 2019, we are introducing four repeat recipients along with five young women and men as first-time recipients. These students at Stellenbosch University are all worthy of benefitting from the legacy that Russel Botman has established in his lifetime. He hoped for a better, transformed future and started working towards it. These recipients need our support and moreover, call on us to donate to the bursary fund. All of them are committed to making that difference in communities, society and the earth.
“Prof. Russel Botman is an inspiration to all and never afraid to challenge and aim to adjust inequality, oppressions, discriminations and injustices…” says Hayden Damon, a B Social Work III student recipient. Eradicating these social issues takes commitment, dedication, yes and also donations. Invest in the new generation of African leaders and let them thrive without financial constraints. The bursary fund serves students from all over South Africa, urban and rural, women and men, from a variety of study courses. We need all of them for a better future. We rely on them. Donate to the Russel Botman Bursary Fund so that our future African leaders can rely on us to get us all to a better place.