MAXINE TWADDLE The 2012 Student Representative Council (SRC) was publicly inaugurated on Tuesday. The ceremony, held in the Piazza on the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield Campus, was attended by members of university Management, members of Student Parliament, students, and family of the SRC. Acting Vice Principal, Professor Nthabiseng Ogude, told the SRC that “governance is not only an honour, but also a great responsibility.” She congratulated the SRC, and wished them luck for the year, warning them that their task is “both exciting and daunting.”
Reminding them of their responsibility, “to enhance transformation and integration at the University of Pretoria,” she advised the SRC to “have a sound structure to fulfill this role.” Professor Ogude’s sentiments were echoed by SRC President, Mthokozisi Nkosi, who assured students that the SRC would remain united. Declaring 2012 “the year of the student,” Nkosi promised “[his] fellow Tukkies … they will receive quality education … and a spectacular student life,” and that the SRC would ensure “inclusive student representation.” Nkosi told the crowd that “as Tuks students, we all come from different backgrounds,” and expressed his aim to remove any “adjectives before ‘Tuks students’” thus removing any kind of discrimination among students.