The newly-appointed Student Representative Council (SRC) met for the first time last Tuesday. SRC President, Mthokozisi Nkosi, began by telling the members that his mission this year is to have a united SRC. He continued by saying that while in office he never wants to make a decision that will compromise the SRC and promised members that he would remain impartial, so that he can serve the needs of all students.
Kleinbooi Legoabe, SRC Secretary General, echoed Nkosi’s statement when he told Perdeby that his goal is, “to represent students, and not just constituencies.” During the meeting Student Parliament decided which portfolios the SRC needed to fill and then delegated a portfolio, sometimes two, to each member. The results were as follows: Angel Bolosha: Community Engagement Atlegang Mogale: Tukkie Pride (Marketing) Busisiwe Radebe: Student Well-being Camille Pienaar: Projects Chris Pappas: Academic Affairs, and Honorary Colours Claudette Veldhuizen: External Campuses Jordan Griffiths: Transport; Justice and Constitutions Jozua Loots: Technology Development; Sponsorships Mpume Mbongo: Study Finance Nic Stead: Male Residences Pierre Cloete: Safety, Security; Facilities Thinus Dicks: Day, and Faculty Houses Thobekani Malatula: Culture, and Languages Tiaan Koen: Projects Tsatsawani Chauke: Societies Simba Tavuyanago: International Students Simone Engelbrecht: Female Residences Gerbrand Lindeque: Service Providers. The meeting also saw Lindeque elected to sit alongside Nkosi on the University Council, which is the highest governance structure of the university. Chris Pappas, Jozua Loots, Mpume Mbongo, and Thinus Dicks were elected to represent the SRC on the second highest university governance structure, the UP Senate.