Thank you from Millennium Fundraising

27 May 2021 | Story Luke Mackie. Photo Lerato Maduna. Read time 4 min.
The ‘selfless, heroic firefighters and volunteer firefighters who risked their lives to save ours’ are one of the groups Millennium Fundraising would like to thank.
The ‘selfless, heroic firefighters and volunteer firefighters who risked their lives to save ours’ are one of the groups Millennium Fundraising would like to thank.

Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you! You are amazing.

Dear donors and volunteers

On behalf of Millennium Fundraising, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to you for your contributions, in cash and in time, to the UCT Fire Relief Fund. Thanks to you, we were able to support the following groups of people affected by the Table Mountain Fire that started on Sunday, 18 April 2021:

  • 4 000 University of Cape Town (UCT) residence students
  • hundreds of firefighters across Cape Town and The Western Cape through the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS)
  • stranded animals through the Cape of Good Hope SPCA
  • 26 staff members from the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant
  • 20 UCT SRC members and student leaders / volunteers at the UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB).

Your impactful generosity allowed us to provide these groups with the following supplies:

  • 351x deodorants
  • 350x snacks
  • 320x energy bars
  • 180x toothbrushes
  • 165x toothpastes
  • 114x sanitary pads
  • 100x masks
  • 90x eye drops
  • 63x energy drinks
  • 54x toilet rolls
  • 50x bars of soap
  • 35x lotions
  • 33x bottles of water
  • 30x yoghurts
  • 25x boxes of paracetamol
  • 20x SRC and student volunteer leaders dinners

In addition to that, we were able to make the following cash donations:

  • R4 000 donated to Rhodes Memorial Restuarant Staff
  • R3 745.11 donated to volunteer wildfire services
  • R3 745.11 donated to Cape of Good Hope SPCA

In total, through your donations, we have raised R39 417 in less than 4 days. The above supplies and cash donations came to a value of R35 171.89, leaving us with a balance of R4 245.11. This was used to purchase 50 stationery packs for Smuts and Fuller residence students from UCT who have lost their possessions in the fire.

With the fire under control and the majority of UCT students returning to their residences today, we are delighted to announce that our UCT Fire Relief Fund does not need any further donations. The speed with which we have been able to respond to the needs of students, firefighters and animal welfare has been nothing short of remarkable. This was made possible by the awe-inspiring, collaborative efforts of the general public, UCT executive management, UCT GSB, UCT student leaders and volunteers, social media pages, hotels, restaurants, corporates and NGOs. From our work on the ground, we would like to especially thank the following groups of people:

  • The selfless, heroic firefighters and volunteer firefighters who risked their lives to save ours
  • The UCT SRC and all volunteers at the UCT GSB
  • The UCT GSB and the GSB director, Kumeshnee West, who spearheaded the collection, packaging and distribution of donations from the UCT GSB along with the SRC and student volunteers
  • Gift of the Givers for feeding 4 000 UCT students for 6–7 days
  • The @UCTJustKidding social media pages for their life-saving updates on social media
  • Our team of 86 volunteers. I am not able to list all of your names, but you know who you are and you know the impact that you have made – thank you.

I think it is safe to say that we have all learnt a lot about ourselves in the last few days. Personally, one of the most profound lessons I have taken from this tragic event is that we have no reason to lose hope in the power of our collective humanity. With all the chaos, destruction, evil and violence we see in our world, especially in South Africa, let us not lose sight of the fact that when people are united towards a common goal, with love as the underlying force behind them, there is nothing that they cannot do.

Let us remember this as we take hold of the opportunity now to rebuild ... not just our buildings, but the fabric of our society too.


Yours in Community Fundraising,

Luke Mackie | 083 388 2865

Millennium Fundraising

Cape Town

South Africa

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#UCTFire – one year later

Jagger Library Memorial Exhibition opens on 20 April 2022

The Centre for Curating the Archive, in association with Michaelis Galleries (UCT) and UCT Libraries will stage a memorial exhibition marking the one-year anniversary of the tragic Jagger Library fire at the Michaelis Galleries. The exhibition will open to the public on Wednesday, 20 April 2022.

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In an email to UCT students, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:
“Thank you for your patience as we seek ways to return to full academic activity at the University of Cape Town under COVID-19 regulations. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of everyone who needs to return to campus buildings.”

UCT is deeply grateful to all the donors who supplied food and other essential items for our students, and to everyone who has so generously offered other forms of support and assistance.

Everyone who would like to support the #UCTFire emergency relief fund is urged to please make financial donations to UCT through the UCT Alumni Ways to Give web page.

Donations can also be made by EFT using the details below:
Account name: UCT Donations Account
Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa
Branch code: Rondebosch Branch, 025009
Account number: 07 152 2387
Swift code: SBZAZAJJ
Please include your donor name if you so wish, as well as the reference for your donation, e.g. Name Surname, #UCTFire.

Messages of support

Cengage EMEA 17:00, 7 June 2021
Ricardo de Sao Joao 16:00, 17 May 2021
J.P. Morgan 10:00, 17 May 2021
Unilever Southern Africa 16:10, 6 May 2021
Iziko Museums of South Africa 16:20, 5 May 2021
Sciences Po, France 10:05, 4 May 2021
The University of Tokyo 09:00, 30 April 2021
McCall MacBain Foundation 16:00, 29 April 2021
Stephen Toope, Chair of IARU 23:50, 27 April 2021
Mazi Asset Management 21:00, 27 April 2021
The National Archives (UK) 17:40, 27 April 2021
Universiteit Antwerpen 16:20, 26 April 2021
Yale University 21:15, 23 April 2021
SOAS University of London 17:00, 23 April 2021
University of Nairobi 15:45, 23 April 2021
Zhejiang University 12:05, 23 April 2021
University of Glasgow 11:20, 23 April 2021
Durham University 18:20, 22 April 2021
Sanlam Corporate Team 16:00, 22 April 2021
MANCOSA 16:00, 22 April 2021
Mastercard Foundation 13:30, 22 April 2021
National Research Foundation 09:05, 22 April 2021
Taylor & Francis 08:20, 22 April 2021
McGill University, Canada 21:35, 21 April 2021
Wild Bean Café 19:50, 21 April 2021
Worldwide Universities Network 19:10, 21 April 2021
University of Groningen 13:35, 21 April 2021
National University of Lesotho 11:00, 21 April 2021
Google South Africa 10:35, 21 April 2021
Chinese Ambassador Chen Xiaodong 09:00, 21 April 2021
George Whitefield College 08:40, 21 April 2021
Virginia Tech 02:00, 21 April 2021
University of Southampton 18:10, 20 April 2021
University of the Free State 17:25, 20 April 2021
KU Leuven 15:45, 20 April 2021
Northwestern University 15:45, 20 April 2021
Council on Higher Education 14:00, 20 April 2021
Times Higher Education 11:45, 20 April 2021
Regent Business School 11:15, 20 April 2021
Professor Crain Soudien 09:05, 20 April 2021
University of the Western Cape 09:00, 20 April 2021
Bishop Tshalo Katshunga 07:30, 20 April 2021
National Library of France 20:50, 19 April 2021
Thabo Mbheki Foundation 20:00, 19 April 2021
Stellenbosch University 19:10, 19 April 2021
Chinese Embassy in South Africa 17:20, 19 April 2021
University of Hull 17:00, 19 April 2021
University of Copenhagen 13:25, 19 April 2021
Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies 13:10, 19 April 2021
Mastercard Foundation 10:50, 19 April 2021
Stellenbosch University 09:20, 19 April 2021
Minister Blade Nzimande 09:15, 19 April 2021
Committee on Higher Education 09:10, 19 April 2021
University of the Witwatersrand 09:05, 19 April 2021
University of Pretoria 09:00, 19 April 2021