The African Fellows Society was co-founded by Dr Themba Mnisi and his peers, in 2014, as an effort to bridge the cultural divide between the traditional and more contemporary residents at House Onderstepoort, and within the many other facets of the Faculty as a whole.
To uphold the spirit of “Ubuntu” (the African spirit) amongst veterinary students, and for every student (regardless of origin, race, sexual orientation, cultural/religious affiliation) to feel equally accepted, culturally and socially at Onderstepoort.
We thus work towards creating a more diverse and comfortable environment here at Onderstepoort by working with student leadership structures and management to achieve the necessary transformation in the faculty and residence. We also hope to encourage open discussion on transformation related issues and ideas as well as to try implement as much positive change as we can – not just for the current student body – but for those that follow us as well.
- Continue working on Transformation Proposal and achieving its goals.
- More regular trips to shopping centres for students without transport.
- Trying to attain more government sponsorship for students in need from KZN, Gauteng and Northern Province.
- Promote teaching of South African languages at the faculty.
- Work with other societies and structures to improve rural education and awareness about veterinary science.
- Help to integrate the veterinary nursing students more into campus and residence life.
- Create a Transformation forum platform.