Congratulations are in order for the newly inaugurated University of Pretoria (UP) Student Representative Council (SRC) members who were elected in September.
The SRC members were inaugurated on Tuesday at the Hatfield Campus’s Senate Hall in the presence of UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe; Vice-Principal: Residence Affairs and Accommodation Professor Themba Mosia; and the outgoing SRC.
Prof Mosia said the Council was a training platform for leaders.
“We take the SRC seriously as a university; student leaders in their different structures and formations form an important part of the strategy of the University. Our vision is to develop our students so that when they leave this university they are transformed individuals who can be of service to society,” he said.
The newly inaugurated University of Pretoria Student Representative Council
SRC President David Kabwa made UP history when he was re-elected for a second term as an independent candidate. Last year he became the first second-year student elected UP SRC President. He was also elected chairperson of House Humanities in 2018.
“You cannot be a leader until you realise that what you are doing is a call to serve. I am not above anyone but subservient to those who have placed me in this position. For me, this position means serving the wider population of the University’s students. I have been fortunate to have seen, experienced and witness so many things as the president and I found sincere beauty in building and growing in those experiences,” he said.
Kabwa says the SRC’s mandate is to ensure that it creates a space for students to be able to succeed and address issues they face, including accommodation, academic and financial exclusion and student hunger.
Student Representative Council 2019/2020
David Kabwa – President
Mpho Mehlomakulu – Deputy President
Ryan Haines – Secretary
Lerato Ndlovu – Deputy Secretary
Shaheen Deonarain – Treasurer
Gerald Mokwena – Marketing, Media and Communications
Thuli Kola – Study Finance
Thabisile Mtshali – Transformation, and Student Success
Lindani Mgoduka – Postgraduate and International Student Affairs
Lemogang Mochoari – Day Student and External Campus Affairs
Bianca Robinson – Facilities, Safety and Security
Hannah le Roux – Societies
Lebohang Masiteng – UP RAG
Nomafu Ngubane – Student Sport
Sibo Chamane – Residences 1
Lara Thom – Residences 2
Nyasha Chinembiri – Student Culture
Lorrainga Mothokwa – Academics1
Namatai Ruswa – Academics 2