On 10 November, the University of Pretoria held an inauguration event for the 2022 SRC at the Future Africa Auditorium. Among UP persons such as the 2021 SRC, the Director of Student Affairs, Dr Madiba, Vice Chancellor Prof. Tawana Kupe, and the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Tribunal were in attendance. The 2022 SRC took their oaths during their inauguration with the assistance and lead of the Chief Justice.
During the inauguration, Prof. Kupe said the most important thing that the SRC should do is to retain the confidence of students, be fully aware of who they represent, and of what their role is. Following Prof. Kupe’s speech, Dr Madiba said, “being in the SRC should be a mark of academic excellence and representation”. She further explained that it is important that the SRC members do not lose themselves as well as their academic excellence during their term in office.
The outgoing SRC President, Lerato Ndlovu, reiterated to the SRC of 2022 that it is important that they uphold their oaths by selflessly serving students. Ndlovu further said that it is of great importance that the 2022 SRC looks at what they want to achieve and be intentional and purposeful in their mandate. “And to the students of the University of Pretoria, thank you for trusting us as your 2021 SRC”, she added. Ndlovu further expressed to everyone that she is happy that the student that will be filling her office is not just any student, but also her dearest friend. President elect of 2022, Thuto Mashila, shared the same sentiments. She said to Ndlovu, “not only have you been my friend, but you have been my mentor as well. You have inspired me so much, you have broken many barriers, and you have helped me overcome many fears. You have proved that basadi are capable.” Mashila added that she is looking forward to working with a proactive SRC in 2022.
Rikus Delport, Director of Institutional Advancement, said on behalf of UP that the university “welcomes the inauguration of the new SRC and wishes all members well in their new roles. As representatives of UP students, the SRC plays an important role in supporting students and assisting them as they strive for academic success.” He added that the SRC works closely with the management of the university in the interest of all students and that members are accountable to the general student community for their actions as student governors and must execute all such actions in accordance with commonly accepted principles of good governance. “The SRC needs to be accessible and prepared to go the extra mile to assist and support students and at the same time contribute towards building the University’s reputation”, Delport added.
The 2022 SRC:
SRC PRESIDENT: THUTO MASHILA
DEPUTY SRC PRESIDENT: STEFAN STEENKAMP
SRC SECRETARY: TARIK LALA
DEPUTY SRC PRESIDENT: FIKILE SIBANDA
SRC TREASURER: THANDO DLAMINI
FACILITIES, SAFETY & SECURITY: MASHUDU RAMASHIDZA
DAY STUDENT & EXTERNAL CAMPUS AFFAIRS: LAUREN THABETHE
MARKETING, MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS: CHANTELLE ZHOU
POSTGRADUATE & INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS: NEVILLE MUPITA
STUDY FINANCE: NOBUHLE NYEMBE
SOCIETIES: SIBONGOKUHLE MAPHALALA
TRANSFORMATION & STUDENT SUCCESS: THOBILE MBHELE