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The Wits COVID-19 Fund

Supporting Wits COVID-19 priorities

Set up to support the Wits Community during the time of COVID-19, the University's COVID-19 Fund supports specific Wits initiatives to alleviate human suffering and difficulties arising from COVID-19.

Amongst these are using Wits’ expertise for the greater good – such as through our extensive teaching and clinical services within the Wits health network of public and private training hospitals or other partners. 

Our other priorities include:

  • Providing smart devices to poor students to ensure all Wits students have equal access to Wits’ online learning platforms.
  • Expanding COVID-19 testing services.
  • Providing protective clothing for Wits staff and students exposed to a high viral load because they are working in hospitals and other health care situations is another priority.
  • Providing start-up funding to design respirators that can be made in Africa.

Donations to the Fund

  • Subject to the standard conditions, all donations by South African taxpayers to the Fund should qualify for tax exemption/ a Section 18A Tax Certificate.
  • In both the US and the UK , donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. For more information please visit how-to-give

Who is responsible for the stewardship and allocation of funds?

  • The Vice-Chancellor and the Senior Executive Team will be responsible for the stewardship and allocation of all funds collected.
  • Regular impact reports will be provided to all donors.

Please contact us if you would like more information

Development and Fundraising Office: Peter Bezuidenhoudt | 
Alumni Affairs: Peter Maher | 

Click here to donate to the Wits COVID-19 Fund


Wits' COVID-19 news

The University is monitoring the global 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in real-time and is taking advice from our professors in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases. Check our COVID-19 website for Wits News and links to credible COVID-19 sources.