Change the world


The first group of generous donors to come on board with the #climb4nmmu campaign and watch Prof Swartz take his fitness test were (back left to right) Rogers Siyengo-Standard Bank, Julian Hadwen–Fedics and Brad Boonzaier-Sanlam. Front: Bev Apsey & Enita Dryberg-Investec and Renee Whittal-PwC. 


We are grateful to the following organisations who have committed their financial support to the campaign.


"The NMMU is a premium client of our firm and education is critical to our profession. Initiatives such as these which support education of the underprivileged are strongly aligned to our vision and purpose at PwC."

Renee Whittal 
PwC | Senior Manage



“As Wealthsmiths™, we believe everyone and everything is worth more. Our founding purpose is empowering people to live their best possible lives and we are committed to creating a world worth living in. This fantastic initiative invests in the future of the people of this country and education is something we are extremely passionate about. We wish the Vice-Chancellor all the best for the climb in August and we will be rooting for him along the way.”

Brad Boonzaier
Sanlam Port Elizabeth



"We are proud of our longstanding relationship with the University and inspired by this personal fundraising educational initiative.  Our support for this initiative comes from both our Wealth & Investment and Private Banking sectors." 

Enita Dryburgh



"Standard Bank believes this initiative by Prof Derrick Swartz to raise funds for the benefit of financially needy and academically deserving students is a good initiative which deserves our support. This is also in line with our Corporate Social Investment strategy which supports Education. Our approach on education is curriculum and teacher development in Early Childhood Development, Primary schooling, and High Schooling. We also host an in-house bursary scheme for tertiary education where we support learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.


We wish Professor Derrick Swartz all the best on his campaign”

Rodgers Siyengo
Provincial Public Sector Manager |Eastern Cape 


DONATION: R20 000 (towards two R10 000 meal bursaries)

"The reason for our sponsorship is mainly that “the initiative by the VC is a good cause and we as Tsebo Outsourcing Group, identify with that. It speaks to one of our key drivers of being a responsible corporate citizen and helping in Job creation and skills development. By contributing to this cause, we will be helping 2 students to get the required education/skills thereby ensuring that they progress to be part of a skilled labour force."

Themba Gezane
Sales Director 



We, at Bidvest Protea Coin are proud to be associated with this noble initiative. We chose Base camp 4 as we too align to these goals both within Bidvest Protea Coin as well as to that of our country. We aim to make a difference in the lives of students that are touched by this initiative; that through this enabling summit, a dream can be realised and a difference can be made.


As Derrick Swartz, NMMU Vice Chancellor embarks on a personal pilgrimage summit Mount Fuji, Bidvest Protea Coin wishes you a safe climb and salutes this noble cause. 

Shane van den Berg
Business Development & Marketing



“Liberty’s involvement in this initiative speaks to our vested interest in changing young people’s realities through education.  Through our corporate social investment in education, we know what a difference such an opportunity provides not only to our youth, but more importantly, our continent.  By investing in education we open the door to more opportunities that can evolve into successful careers; skills development and grooming future leaders in business, our communities and governments.”

Ivan Mzimela
Liberty Executive Group Strategic Services.



We view Aspen SED as a strategic business imperative and this Mt Fuji expedition by (Prof) Derrick Swartz in raising funds for students who cannot afford university fees, really goes a long way in boosting our confidence that we are indeed on the right path with our participation.

Jackie Tau
Group CSI Manager
Aspen Pharmacare



“As a partner to NMMU and many other institutions across the country in the provision of conducive living and learning environments, we are acutely aware of the increasing number of financially needy and academically deserving students who fail to secure sufficient funding to continue or commence their studies. It seems unfair and cruel that the simple lack of financial means prevents thousands of students who have qualified for tertiary studies at institutions as prestigious as NMMU despite overcoming overwhelming odds in many cases, are subjected to the continued generational cycle of unemployment and poverty.    

Ours is but a small contribution to the Bursary Legacy Campaign and we have made an even smaller dent on the plight of the thousands of students in need annually. However our contribution to this campaign, as with our other CSI initiatives, is done with the belief and understanding that meaningful change to this nation starts with empowering, giving hope and opportunities to an individual.  

We applaud and are inspired by both the physical challenge Prof Swartz is taking on and the cause that he is championing. We are honoured to be part of this campaign and we hope that the ascent to the peak of  Mount Fuji brings a much needed spotlight to this very important national issue and it compels individuals, corporate citizens and the nation to act.”

South Point



The Purchasing Consortium Southern Africa (PURCO SA) is proud to be associated with the Vice Chancellors Climb4NMMU Campaign and supports and congratulates the VC of NMMU, Professor Derrick Swartz, on such a noble initiative.

Selvan Govender



“We are proud to support innovative initiatives in education and we wish the VC everything of the best with his vision to not only climb the mountain but to provide opportunities for broader access to Higher Education.”

Alan Barr



"We live in an era where we no longer can afford young people to be deprived of having an opportunity to gain knowledge. Through this contribution, eNtsa takes responsibility for making an investment into ensuring an opportunity, for someone out there, to unlock the value of knowledge."

Prof Danie G. Hattingh


DONATION: R20 000 (in products)

FUTURELIFE® - the food company with a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone by helping them to make the right nutritional choices in their daily lives has donated R20 000 of product to the General Feeding Scheme at NMMU which will be distributed to students in need.


DONATION: R150,000

"As a supporter of Doing Great Things, Old Mutual is proud to be a sponsor of the #climb4nmmu campaign. At Old Mutual, we believe in enabling positive futures, and we are honoured to be a part of this great initiative to help build a future in which the next generation will thrive in achieving their educational goals. Old Mutual wishes Prof Derrick Swartz all the best in this momentous feat - we are behind you every step of the way!"

Nceba Pupuma
Regional General Manager
Old Mutual Corporate, Eastern Cape


Coca-Cola donation: R20 000


“Coca-Cola Fortune supports this initiative because we believe that an educated population is empowered to think critically and creatively in building a stronger, more prosperous society,  while contributing to the greater economic development of the country as a whole”.

Nolundi Mzimba
PAC Manager

Coronation donation: R10 000

Donation: R20 000

"As a small business, this symbolic contribution we believe will encourage others also to assist your campaign to broaden access to further education by the beneficiaries and a life-changing experience for those impacted by this innovative funding campaign."

Neil Campher
Managing Director
Campher & Sebata Investments cc Trading as CS Innovations