Student Representative Council (SRC)

President

Mduduzi Kingswell Mabuza

Mduduzi has completed a  National Higher Certificate in Accountancy and is currently pursuing a BCompt degree in Financial Accounting.  As President he provides direction to the SRC, represents the views of students directly to the Council of Unisa and is responsible for policy direction of students. He also contextualises needs and concerns in a practical manner.

The SRC’s role in the institution plays a significant role in the broader society. One of the aims is that student leadership should eventually become leaders in general society in all spheres. The SRC believes that the university has a responsibility to channel its machinery to capacitate them beyond its normal scope of academia or operations to ensure that their goals are achieved. “We must lead and set trends and not follow what other institutions are doing, thus supporting the core business of Unisa,” Mduduzi explains.

The SRC leaders believe that they are members of the community first and foremost, and therefore have a continuous responsibility to contribute meaningfully towards the development of society in the best way they can: through academia. “We must establish good relations with technical and vocational education and training colleges, community colleges and high schools, and provide support to lecturers, teachers and the students directly, though many initiatives including, but not limited to, career guidance, tutorial support and library support,” says Mduduzi.

He asserts that the SRC has the best interests of the institution and its primary stakeholder (students) at heart and is committed to delivering great services to students. However, students are generally far from the machinery of the institution, so the proper integration of the SRC and the institutional machinery will contribute towards effectiveness and efficiency.

Mduduzi is ready to utilise his role as President to best serve the students of Unisa. He says: “I will regularly make sure that students actively participate in the life of the institution and guide decisions and the future of the institution whilst making sure that financial and academic exclusion do not happen. My team and I will ensure that students access the SRC members frequently and promote vibrancy in the institution and implementation of the core business areas of the institution, which are teaching and learning, research and innovation, and community engagement.*