DigsConnect.com, is a South African housing marketplace helping low-income university students from low backgrounds secure safe and affordable accommodation through funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
This partnership will see DigsConnect.com rollout the #1000digs initiative where DigsConnect.com shall set up a specialized programme aimed at assisting NSFAS and bursary-funded students across South Africa seeking accommodation. This assistance includes close support from the team and a brand-new dedicated legal support line for these students – most of whom upon signing the lease will enter into the first agreement.
In a statement shared by DigsConnect, Program Director at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Dr. Thashlin Govender pointed out that safe and affordable accommodation remains essential to a successful university experience. The partnership with DigsConnect.com allows students to be integrated with supportive communities when away from home. Alexandria Procter, the CEO, and co-founder of DigsConnect.com revealed that he started DigsConnect.com as a student leader with the intent of solving the housing crisis in South Africa.
The Dell Foundation is headquartered in Austin, TX , and has offices in New Delhi, India, and Cape Town. For over a decade, the Dell Foundation’s Dell Young Leaders programme supported high-potential university students from highly disadvantaged communities in South Africa.