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Transformation Indaba



The SU Transformation Indaba started as an initiative of the Institutional Transformation Committee (ITC). It is now the one annual forum where all transformation structures at our University – including those not represented on the ITC – meet and reflect on the overall progress that has (or has not) been made during the past year. The Indaba serves as an important barometer for experiences of transformation at our University, and as such provides important input for reflection and planning. The objectives of the Indaba are to:

  • strengthen a collective responsibility for transformation implementation and progress; 
  • check in with staff and students on transformation progress and challenges experienced; and 
  • determine priorities for the next year of transformation work. 


Presentations at the 2017 Transformation Indaba: 


The Bigger Picture: Higher education transformation in 2018

Prof André Keet

(Nelson Mandela University)

About the Transformation Implementation PlanDr Monica du Toit
Getting Things Started: The role of leaders in supporting engaging transformation committeesProf Jimmy Volmink
What does transformation look like? A shared definition of visual redress, examples, methodologies and innovationProf Elmarie Costandius
The way forward with curriculum: Recommendations from the Decolonisation Report and the STEM Working GroupRhoda Malgas
Recommendations on addressing #EndRapeCulture at SU

Dr Birgit Schreiber

Jaco Brink

Is SU the employer of choice? Lessons from the Staff Climate and Culture surveyDr Michael-John Freeborough
Access for Success: Universal design and disability (student and staff perspective)Dr Marcia Lyner-Cleophas​


Download the 2017 Transformation Indaba Report here​​


Presentations at the 2018 Transformation Indaba: 


Key points from the Transformation Report to the Department of Higher Education and Training

 Prof Nico Koopman​

Transforming Transformation: Perspectives from Institutional research in a new publication Dr Leslie van Rooi
A thriving University and a transformative friendly institutional culture: Assumptions and concepts Monica du Toit
The transformative friendly culture for a thriving Stellenbosch University: Helpful and unhelpful aspects of SU culture – Taking collective responsibility in 2019 Facilitator: Prof Julian Sonn
Visual redress and renewal: a more coherent, stronger and nuanced approach for Stellenbosch Prof Ronel Carollissen and Prof Robb Pattman
What do we want to gain from visual redress at Stellenbosch University? What should be the priorities in 2019 and who will take them up? Next steps

 Dr Leslie van Rooi and Prof Elmarie Costandius ​

The transformative student experience: Perspectives from the Division for Student Affairs Facilitator: Prof Julian Sonn
The transformative student experience: Divided or moving closer? Dr Ronel Retief
Ideas from student leaders on the way forward Minaaz Alliand Paulu Joubert
Divided and disconnected or authentic and honest: The status of community building in student environments Facilitator: Prof Julian Sonn
How do we better support staff and student wellbeing in transformation? What needs to be done? Monica du Toit and Prof Nico Koopman​


Download the 2018 Transformation Indaba Summary Report here​​​ ​

Presentations at the 2018 Transformation Indaba:


Throughout the recent anti-GBV protests the hashtag #StelliesWhereAreYou has been trending. The idea underpinning this Indaba is that 'Stellies' make itself visible, that leadership in respective portfolios share their work and engage with questions from the community they serve.  A secondary underpinning idea, is that of contextualizing our discussions in relation to the broader project of university transformation in the Western Cape, and South Africa. 

Hosted and facilitated by Leslie van Rooi /Claire Kelly 

08:30 – 08:45 Welcome – Prof Nico Koopman

08:45 – 09:00 Overview of Day - Claire Kelly

9:00- 10:0 Keynote – Transformation in Higher Education in South Africa: Current victories, opportunities and challenges - Professor Loretta Ferris, DVC Transformation and Professor in the Faculty of Law, UCT  

10:00 – 10:20 Tea

10:20 – 12:00   15 Minute Inputs from Environments

This session will allow responsibility areas uninterrupted opportunity to present brief overview of their work as it pertains to themes and questions raised by survey*; to provide participants indication of where to direct what questions at which breakaway discussions.

  • Input on transformation infrastructuretransformation indictors, visual redress and social impact
  • Input on student affairs, including discrimination and harassment, gender based violence, disability, mental health, food security and residence culture
  • Input on research, including transformation and decolonisation of research and research ethics 
  • Input on teaching and learning, including curriculum renewal & decolonization, lecturer capacity development 
  • Input on HR, including employment equity and staff wellness

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:30 – 15:15 Breakaway Discussions - Q&A

This session will provide participants the opportunity to engage with responsibility areas around issues themes and information presented.  Presenters are there to listen, answer questions and engage. It will also provide a record of conversations - there will be scribes at each table, to take notes and report back. Scribe reports will be collated into an Indaba report, for circulation in November 2019.

  • Breakaway 1, Transformation infrastructures 
  • Breakaway 2, Student affairs 1 (discrimination and harassment, gender based violence, disability)
  • Breakaway 3, Students affairs 2 (mental health, food security and residence culture)
  • Breakaway 4, Research 
  • Breakaway 5, Teaching and learning  
  • Breakaway 6, Human resources 

15:15 – 15:30 Tea

15:30 – 16:45 Feedback from Scribes (5 min) and Open Discussion

This session will provide consolidated feedback from all group discussions and provide further opportunity for reflection and comment. 

16:45 – 17:00 Thanks and closing (Leslie van Rooi) 

Download the 2019 Transformation Indaba Report here