For using his ViceChancellor salary and cash value of benefits to start a bursary fund at Rhodes and setting up an education support and career and development project for high school learners, Dr Saleem Badat was awarded the 2008 Inyathelo Award for Exceptional Philanthropy.
Dr Badat is the Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University in Grahamstown. On accepting his appointment as VC, Dr Badat requested that he relinquish a portion of his salary and certain VC benefits and that these financial savings go towards a scholarship fund established by Dr Badat called The Jakes Gerwel Rhodes University Scholarship Fund in honour of the university’s chancellor, Dr Jakes Gerwel. It is estimated that the annual contribution arising from the relinquishing of these benefits is in the region of R250,000.
The Jakes Gerwel Rhodes University Scholarship Fund will targets matriculants from disadvantaged communities in the Eastern Cape. Dr Badat has established links with principals, and is the key figure in the Makana Schools project which aims to address the many challenges facing the local secondary school population of the greater Grahamstown region.
Dr Badat is a recipient of numerous national and international awards including the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship.