How are you going to address the issue of accountability and transparency within the SRC?

I would like us to have more frequent forums. We also need to have more forum meetings per portfolio. I’d also like to encourage general students to attend these forum meetings and to also extend the forums to external campuses as well. I would also like to send out the quarterly report [of the SRC] so that it is made accessible to all students. I also want everything that the SRC does to be published on media platforms such as Perdeby.

Do you think that this year’s SRC was effective? Do you think that they addressed issues affecting students at this institution?
Yes and no. They were not accountable. They didn’t get mandated by students. They were not vocal enough about issues that are important to students and a good example of this is the Blackface incident. However, where they did try is the issue of transport to Sunnyside and Arcadia. They were actively trying to have a bus reinstated. The Re-a-Bua sessions were also a good initiative.

What can you promise the general student population next year?
We are not going to be management messengers. We advise students to put pressure on us. I want to get out of office knowing that we did our best.

Deputy President Luvuyo Menziwa

What are your plans for the 2014/15 SRC? What changes do you plan to implement?
My plans are to make sure that the SRC works hard in trying to help all students with whatever problems they have. From now, students have to know who is representing them and we [are] going to be interacting with students regularly because some students lost faith in the SRC, they don’t even think that it has to be there. So I want students to know [that] we [are] there for them and we are their voices. This thing of having expensive dinner and trips is going to change so we are going to have them but we won’t spend so much like the [previous] SRC has been doing.

At the launch of EFF Tuks you mentioned the Sunnyside bus problem. Now that you are a deputy president, how do you plan to tackle the bus issue?
I am going to push at all cost to make sure that transport is always there because it is surprising to only see buses during exams but over the year they say it’s insufficient so I say there is no such thing as insufficient. There will be transport for them trust me on that one.

Would you say you were satisfied with the work of the 2014 SRC? If not, what did you not like and what do you plan to change?
Firstly I didn’t know the SRC, I only knew Xabiso and Nthabiseng and for me these are two people who I know did their best to try to help students. We [are] going to go to all the campuses and residences and introduce ourselves and we [are] going to be looking for someone who will be working with us so we can update [them] on everything. Otherwise we can’t help if we don’t know what the problem is.

How do you plan to tackle the NSFAS issue?
The issue of NSFAS is a big one which starts [with] the government so it is really going to be a tough one to be honest. But what I know is we [are] going to put pressure on Tuks management so they can put pressure on the government and we [are] going to fight so that no student will be financially excluded because it is not their fault that NSFAS didn’t pay for them. At least if they are registered then we’ll try to help them apply for other bursaries and financial assistance.

A lot of students complain that the SRC has no visibility on campus, they do not know how to find them when they need assistance. How do you plan to change that? Not just on the Hatfield campus, but on all other campuses as well?
As I have said earlier, we [are] going to go to all the campuses and residences and introduce ourselves and we [are] going to be looking for someone who will be working with us so we can update [them] with everything.

 

Secretary Adrian Eckard

What is your vision for your portfolio and what do you wish to achieve?
Being in the secretary portfolio means overseeing and controlling the day-to-day runnings of the SRC. Making sure everyone performs their duties to the max. I would also like to ensure that food prices on campus lower and transformation occurs.

Many students felt that the outgoing SRC were not visible enough and that they were not very interactive with students.

What will you do to improve communication between the SRC and students, especially those on external campuses?
I intend to work close with the current SRC. Many students know about the SRC but do not bring their problems to their attention. Students need the confidence to take their problems collectively to those they have placed in power.

How do you plan on improving on the work your predecessor did?
The former deputy secretary did the secretary’s work. The former secretary was never visible in anyway. I know all my duties and all the duties of all the other portfolios. I have the ability to conduct the SRC to benefit the students.

How do you intend to uphold your manifesto?
The SRC is not about politics. It’s a liaison with other parties. I intend to push the agenda and to constantly get people behind us to get what I stated done.

Deputy secretary Liezl Aylward

How do you plan on making a difference while serving on the SRC?
I think I would obviously look at what they did this year and just continue what they did because they obviously did a good job. Some people have different opinions but I feel more or less that they did a good job. Obviously, just build on what they did and make it better.

What function do you believe the SRC serves at UP?
Basically, the SRC is the student representative council and I feel that is exactly what it is. It is the students’ representatives. So I feel the queries, the problems, the issues and everything that the students have, we are there to make it better and involve them in the decisions that the university makes.

What is your ideal vision for UP?
I want the university to be [a] world-class [institution]. [To] have world-class facilities to obviously better the educational part, the learning and the teaching part. We must not feel that we are in short need of say computers or textbooks or [things] like that. So my ideal Tuks is to, first and foremost, have great facilities because that is obviously why we are here. We are here to study so everything that involves our studying process.

What would you encourage students to do if they are unhappy with their studies at UP?
In terms of the SRC there is an academic portfolio and there are also societies on campus and I feel all of those people have an open-door policy. They must just go and get help and there is also the Student Support Services. If they have a problem  or a learning problem then there are facilities and people that are willing to help there. One of the things that I want to do on the SRC is that I want to make the SRC approachable. They have to know where we are.

What are your plans for your portfolio?
Obviously I want to do my duties in full. I think one of [the] things that I saw and actually I have talked to people [about] is the buses issue and I know it’s not my portfolio but I think the safety issue. I am a woman and I think it’s unsafe and I also don’t have a car so I walk to campus.

What will you be improving on from the work of your predecessor?
I know [that] marketing is not my portfolio but I am studying marketing so I feel I have sort of a background to know what works and what does not. But definitely so that the students are aware of us and to see that we are approachable. Students have to know that we are there, that is something I want to improve on definitely [to] make us more visible and approachable. [Also] transparency of the SRC.

Treasurer Marna De Jager

What does your portfolio as treasurer entail?
According to article (6) of the Constitution of Student Governance, the SRC treasurer is responsible for open and transparent financial administration of the SRC in accordance with the  financial policies, policy documents, rules and regulations of the university and is accountable to the relevant university authorities.

Would you say you were satisfied with the work of the 2014 SRC? If not, what did you not like and what do you plan to change?
As an elected SRC for the 2014 term I can honestly say we were effective but not effective enough. The SRC of 2014 were the first group to work under the new Constitution of Student Governance and there is definitely room for improvement. I am looking forward to working with the SRC 2015. I think we have a fresh group of students that can bring a lot to the table.

How do you plan to tackle the NSFAS issue?
The NSFAS issue is a national issue that is bigger than the SRC. I will work closely with the study finance portfolio to help these students to be able to still register even though they have outstanding debt. The SRC of 2014, under the guidance of Amy Ashworth, initiated the work for study programme and I will see to it in cooperation with the relevant parties that this great initiative is effective and efficient.

During the SRC campaigning some students complained that AfriForum Youth is not inclusive. As a member of AfriForum Youth, do you think the party is inclusive and combats racism?
If one combats racism, you deliberately have to discriminate against a specific race. Afriforum Youth have not made racist remarks and have not taken any acts of racism. I am aware of the fact that there were only Afrikaans posters on the visible areas on campus – this is definitely something to note for future elections.

A lot of students complain that the SRC has no visibility on campus, they do not know how to find you when they need assistance. How do you plan to change that? Not just on the Hatfield campus, but all other campuses as well?
The SRC have office hours and have to be available in those hours. The marketing portfolio is responsible to make sure that the students know how to find us and where to find us. We will have to work on a system where the SRC go out on all the campuses and visit students to see what [are] the specific needs. We also need to ensure that a platform is created where students can communicate with the SRC efficiently.

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