Taking part in the NCAA tournament tends to make a bigger difference for public universities that garner relatively few donations.
Universities could mine alumni databases to improve individual institutions' work - and raise funds.
2017 promises to be another tough year as South African universities head into the uncertain terrain of further addressing and healing the divisions that have been exposed.
It shouldn't be up to universities or the government alone to fund students who qualify for tertiary education but can't afford it. A perpetual bond system could be the answer.
UK universities should take note from US colleges and cultivate more of a university spirit.