VUT Src, The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Student Representative Council (SRC) inauguration for 2017-2018 took place at the Desmond Tutu Hall on 9 March.

“The SRC is an integral part of the governance of the University and is well recognised by the University. The elected leaders have thus far demonstrated leadership skills by working together with Management for the betterment of the University,” said Busisiwe Radebe; Acting Director: Student Support Services.

She added: “VUT embraces values that are guiding both staff members and students as they interact with one another for their constituency. The times are challenging for higher education [institutions], after the announcement made by the government of fee-free education.”

However, she said that they are happy an amicable solution was reached by the VUT SRC and Management concerning issues that became evident after the announcement. She also assured the students that VUT will always have the best interests of students at heart and wished the new SRC well: “May it be an awesome experience,” she said.

“The new SRC came with a new leadership approach, developments and improvements to optimise student service delivery. As it’s the students that voted them into power, it is therefore time to serve and lead them,” said Lemogang Medupe, SRC President.

He also shared that in the five months they have been in office, they have come up with a number of initiatives assisting the students and are planning to do more. Quoting author Daniel Goleman, he said: “‘Great leaders move us, they ignite our passion and inspire the best in us. When we try to explain their effectiveness, we speak of strategy, vision and powerful ideas’.

“What we have done is not enough and what we intend to do can never be sufficient, therefore we have space in our hearts to deliver more and more,” he said