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​​A university is not just about research and teaching inside laboratories and lecture halls. Some of the greatest learning happens when young people serve in communities, observing the impacts of their efforts first-hand.

The University of Johannesburg supports Community Engagement projects which bring staff, students and community members together in diverse ways to benefit all.


Riverlea Health Clinic

For the last five years, the people of Riverlea have received free examinations and guidance for their eyesight, general health, hygiene and sore feet, as well as pregnancy ultrasound scans in their community. UJ students attend to the patients under clinical supervision.

Optometry, radiography and podiatry are only available to the people of Riverlea through the UJ services. Riverlea is a community of 24,000 people living close to mine dumps south-east of Johannesburg near Soccer City, experiencing numerous health risks. The nursing and environmental health services provided by UJ supplement the service at the primary healthcare clinic in Riverlea.

Community law clinics​

For many people, obtaining expert legal advice is beyond their means. To help meet this need and give final-year law students practical experience, the UJ operates Law Clinics at its Soweto, Doornfontein and Kingsway Campuses.

Business law clinic opens in Soweto July 2015

How students train at the clinics

More information about the clinics


Soweto Science Centre

High school learners in search of excellent and affordable maths, and science tutoring and practical laboratory work find it at the Soweto Science Centre (SSC). The SSC is located on the UJ Soweto Campus. Managed by Prof Azwinndini Muronga, the SSC has enabled hundreds of learners to pursue technical careers.

Learners at SSC on F​ridays and Saturdays

School teachers’ skills developed at S​SC​​​

SSC learners gain five or more distinct​ions​​

More about the Soweto Science ​Centre


Gwakwani Energy Project

In 2014, the ‘forgotten’ village of GwaKwani in Limpopo had its first solar water pumps installed by students and staff of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In 2015, the village gained solar lights in all 30 homes, in this on-going project.

Electrical Engineering student named in Top 200 Young South Africans

You can contribute towards this research

We invite you to contribute towards this research. Your gift, be it R50 or R500, contributes towards potential improved learning for millions of people in South Africa.

You can contribute towards community outreach projects like these

We invite you to contribute towards Community Engagement projects at UJ. Your gift, be it R50 or R500, contributes towards potential improved health and living conditions for many people in South Africa.

Tax Benefits

You can dedicate a portion of the taxes you pay to support the Riverlea Health Clinic, UJ Community Law Clinics, the Soweto Science Centre or the Gwakwani Energy Project.

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Ways of giving

You can give using an EFT or credit card.​