By: Puleng Maphisa – 08 September 2023

In these challenging times, community support and corporate generosity play a pivotal role in helping those in need. Shoprite Group, one of the leading supermarket retail chains in South Africa, has exemplified this spirit of giving by extending its helping hand to the Vaal University of Technology (VUT)’s Phakamisa Ikhaya (Uplift A Home) Project.

In a commendable gesture of goodwill, Shoprite has generously contributed R10,000 in the form of digital vouchers towards the Project – these can be used at any Shoprite, Checkers, and/or Usave stores. Each of these digital vouchers is valued at R250, and the total sum of R10,000 will be distributed in the form of 40 vouchers.

The Phakamisa Ikhaya (Uplift A Home) Project, spearheaded by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Teaching-Learning and Quality Promotion, Prof Maggi Linington, was launched in June this year with the aim of addressing the pressing needs of students who are facing food insecurity. The Project acknowledges the challenges faced by students who, due to decreased funding from NSFAS, attend classes with limited access to proper nutrition.

Shoprite is known for operating as an essential service, providing vital supplies such as food, sanitation products, and medicines to communities across the country. However, it often goes above and beyond its retail operations by generously donating to hundreds of beneficiary organizations nationwide, with VUT recently joining the endless list.

Mrs Palesa Ubane, Phakamisa Ikhaya Project Coordinator and Public Relations Practitioner at VUT, described the support from Shoprite as instrumental in alleviating these challenges and fostering an environment where students can focus on their studies without the burden of hunger. She also added that the contribution is testament to the retail giant’s commitment to making a positive impact on society and uplifting communities. “It demonstrates how businesses can play a meaningful role in addressing critical societal challenges and uplifting communities. Their support not only provides immediate relief but also lays the foundation for a brighter future for South Africa’s students and leaders of tomorrow,” Ubane said.

The sponsorship provided by Shoprite is deeply appreciated by VUT, and the University hopes to continue building and maintaining a long-term association with them.

To know more about the project and how to donate, please contact Peter Masombuka ( or Palesa Ubane ( from the Advancement Department.