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We have been overwhelmed with the support received from friends, colleagues and foundations from around the world after the devastating fire that destroyed the Plant Conservation Unit’s offices in the HW Pearson building on upper campus. We are really grateful and inspired by your generosity and words of encouragement. Thank you!


For anyone still interested in donating funds, please do so via the University of Cape Town’s:

(1) Online Giving page - When selecting the project to donate, select OTHER & enter “For-the-PCU” under project name


(2) Donation Account, the details of which are as follows:

Account name: UCT Donations Account
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch code: Rondebosch Branch, 025009
Account number: 071522387
Swift code: SBZAZAJJ

Reference: Name, Surname, "For-the-PCU"

However, in order for the money to be ‘ring-fenced’ for use by the Plant Conservation Unit we suggest:

  • that your Reference should specify “Name, Surname, For-the-PCU” and
  • that you send an email to in which you should include Proof of Payment (POP) and/or specify:

I have made a donation of [X amount] to the UCT Donations Account for use by the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU). These funds are to be used, at the discretion of the PCU Director, to support and restore the work of the PCU.”


In your email you could also request a copy of the relevant Section 18A Certificate for tax purposes.