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The Challenge

Over the years we have witnessed an exponential growth in higher education fees prohibiting thousands of Black students’ access. This problem saw the rise of student protests like the #FeesMustFall movement that began in 2015. Since 2015, there have been various advocacy related activities by students to make higher education accessible. In the beginning of 2021, we again witnessed student protests all over the country over the following challenges:

▪ Historical debt: prohibiting them from graduating, receiving the qualification and or registering for the new academic year.

▪ Registration fees: not affording registration fees excludes deserving students from being allowed to study towards their dream qualification: and 

▪ Increase of fees: Data shows that 70% of students at some point during the academic year cannot afford to buy food, 68% are unable to afford student materials, and 62% feel they could not afford to pay to participate in campus-based social and academic activities.

#R10GoesALongWay - History

How and why #R10GoesALongWay started?

In March this year, students were unable to register due to a lack of funding. The protests inspired social media celebrity, Lasizwe Dambuza and friends into action and the #R10 Goes a long Way campaign was started – first raising R38 000 between the four friends, Takkies Nkateko, Sibu Mabena, Ayanda Mhlongo.

On 13 March Sibu Mabena, Ayanda Mhlongo, Lasizwe Dambuza and Nkateko Dinwiddy deposited R38 000 into the Duma Investment FNB, Account Number: 62859284152 Cheque Account to kick start #R10GoesALongWay to help students.

The initiative went on to raise over R2 million in 5 days to help the most deserving students with registration fees, giving  them access to education. FundiFund was asked to get involved – and of the 19 000 funding applications received, we were able to fund the registration fees of 106 student’s of the 161 selected from the first draw.


List of Beneficiaries

To view the list of all the beneficiaries of the #10GoesA LongWay campaign, clickon the button below:


Total pledged


Fund Dispursed


Students Funded


Funds to be awarded in the next cycle


Application Rules, Criteria & Process:

If you've applied for registration at a tertiary institution, and havee been accepted to study further, you can apply for funding here.

  • Applicant must be looking at pursuing a undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at a higher education institute established under the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997, as amended by Higher Amendment Act of 2001, within the Republic of South Africa.
  • Applicant must confirm that they are registered for an undergraduate qualification in 2023 by the deadline as advised on the application form.
  • Provide consent to FUNDI Capital (Pty) Ltd to verify the students acceptance status at the student's relevant Higher Education Institute.
  • Application Opening date: 15 December.
  • Application closing date: 17:00, 15 January
  • Only online applications will be considered.
  • Students funded by a private or public bursary/grant is not eligible to apply.
  • Supporting documentation, i.e., ID copy, proof of registration including tuition fee statement reflecting registration amount, submission deadline: 7 February 2023.
  • All supporting documents and application enquiries to be emailed to:fund@fundi.co.za

Applications for 2022 registration fees funding has closed.