Prof Lourens van Staden, Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
Prof Lourens van Staden, Vice-Chancellor and Principal said the purpose of a student representative council (SRC) is to provide the university student body with a platform from which to engage with the institution’s management about the needs and wants of students, assisting them as much as possible. “The SRC mandate is derived from the process of annual elections that allow all students to vote for specific candidates and have access to their respective representative’s party or individual manifesto,” said Prof van Staden.
“University Management considers student leaders as important partners in service delivery improvement at the university. It is important for our students to participate in elections to ensure that their concerns do not end only on popular social media platforms, but are debated and addressed by the university structures. The participation is about amplifying your voice beyond challenges. We constantly emphasise that this system is the most democratic way to create this important student body, one that is tasked with helping the institution to manage and improve campus life,” added Prof van Staden
A total of 49,77% of students casted their votes in this year’s online SRC elections between14 and 16 September 2021. SASCO (South African Student’s Congress) and the EFFSC (EFF Student Command) lead the pack with an overall voter percentage of 32.8%. They were each allocated 3 seats, with the Student Christian Organisation occupying one seat at the ISRC level.