Durban University of Technology Student Representative Council (SRC) President Siphephelo Mthembu reflected on his 100 days in office and shared his team’s preparedness to tackle students issues in 2018.
In less than two months, the 2018 academic year will resume and according to Mthembu there were a number of issues raised by students as a mandate before they were sworn in to office in September this year.
“For the past three months we have been attending to challenges such as improper facilities for students with disabilities, accommodation and meals including a number of students that were not registered due to owing tuition fees,” said Mthembu.
He further stated that it was unfortunate that such sensitive matters were delayed, thus far and said he was adamant that the 2017/18 SRC will become one of the best the university has ever seen with it programmes and strategies prioritizing students’ daily campus and residence struggles.
“As SRC we have decided to start a campaign which seeks to fundraise money for those students in need where DUT staff and students can contribute up to a minimum of R2 or above so that such funds can assist students who have been excluded by the system,” said Mthembu.
Mthembu also stated that he will be leaving for Johannesburg where he intends to benchmark for another campaign which they are planning for 2018, the “one student, one laptop campaign”.
“We have engaged with a number of stakeholders from all walks of life and some are businessmen/women. These stakeholders are willing to contribute towards the “one student, one laptop campaign”. Therefore, we are working on the ground to make sure that when the 2018 academic calendar commences, everything will be in order,” he explained. Mthembu further alluded that as the SRC, their programmes will no longer be directed by entertainment only.
“This year we will no longer focus on entertainment programmes but instead we will host an orientation week where all faculties will come to present their strategic vision and mission within the institution which will help first year students to settle in quickly and understand the general rules of the university,”
Mthembu wished all DUT students a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.
“We look forward to working with the students and we hope to see them in full force next year ” said Mthembu.
Pictured: DUT SRC President Siphephelo Mthembu.