The chairperson is the chief executive officer of the SRC. They act as spokesperson for the SRC and are ultimately responsible for the finances of the SRC. The Chairperson must ensure that the SRC fulfills its mandate. The chairperson is also a direct line of contact and information for staff and management in the university. Although the chairperson is the students' representative, the chairperson is also a representative of the larger Stellenbosch University. The chairperson's mandate is to ensure that the needs of students are placed first in the university and works in collaboration with different stakeholders such as SU Staff, the municipality, other universities, etc.
The Vice-Chairperson shares the responsibility of the Chairperson of overseeing the SRC. They are also responsible for the internal relations and discipline of the SRC. This involves the development of a positive, open, productive mindset within all members of the SRC.
The Treasurer is the chief financial officer of the SRC and is responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of SRC are used in a transparent and responsible manner. The treasurer must ensure that every SRC member compiles a budget for their respective portfolio and that the SRC budget is made public to all the students.
The Secretary-General is responsible for maintaining internal communication, managing knowledge and preserving institutional memory within the SRC. The Secretary-General is also responsible for ensuring that SRC meetings (and any other meetings or consultations where the SRC desires record-keeping) are properly recorded. Finally, the Secretary-General is responsible for updating, safekeeping and making available records, policies and other documents of the SRC.
The Student Wellness portfolio focuses on promoting the wellness and well-being of SU students. By liaising with the Centre for Student Counselling and Development, this portfolio aims to push forward the implementation of the SU Mental Health Policy. The portfolio also aims to equip students with the necessary skills and outlets to nurture all the aspects of their wellness, including: Physical, Mental, Social, Intellectual, Spiritual and Financial wellness, by promoting discussion and discourse around these topics.
Student Financial Access
When challenging socio-economic conditions prevail in South Africa, especially as they are exacerbated by COVID-19, the Student Financial Access portfolio's vision is that no student will be financially. excluded. The portfolio focuses on collaborative efforts to ensure students who are able, willing & deserving of a place at Stellenbosch University can secure it, despite their financial circumstances. This involves dealing with matters such as bursaries, loans, application fees, tuition fees, student debt, and other monetary challenges.
The transformation portfolio represents all students on campus. It strives towards providing a student experience that is welcoming to everyone without discriminating. We are shaped by the environments that we originate from as students. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the transformation officer to bridge the gap by providing a global experience that will violate the rights of others based on their language, gender, religion, social class, and political affiliation. The goal is to create an environment that will offer students an opportunity to learn from one and another through embracing multiculturalism. Human dignity and justice guide the transformation agenda.
Womxn & Queer Empowerment
The Womxn and Queer Empowerment portfolio (“WAQE") is a portfolio of the SRC, and aligns with the SRC's visions of dialogue, service, representation, and discourse. WAQE specifically functions to actively empower womxn and queer bodies at Stellenbosch University through education, encouragement, support, and accountability. This will be achieved by having transformative engagement with students, student leaders, and staff members. We will uplift womxn and queer bodies through continuously tackling gender-based violence and rape culture, by creating safe spaces, increasing education on gender inequality, recognizing the role of intersectionality, advocating for equity on campus, and holding all inequitable parties accountable. The foundation of this portfolio is the encouragement of human dignity and respect. WAQE envisions an environment where all womxn and queer communities feel safe, comfortable, and included at Stellenbosch University.
The Social Impact portfolio recognises that Stellenbosch University is not an isolated system - we live within the community of Stellenbosch and the greater community of South Africa. Our activities should least consider, and at best benefit, those around us. What we do must not be detrimental to society, but instead be constructive. Stellenbosch University should strive towards excellence in the community, but also excellence for the community.
Chairperson: Prim Committee
The PK Chair plays an important role in the student leadership structure as the Chair has direct contact with all the Prims of the various communities around campus. The PK chair should facilitate the discussions within student communities and act as the needed nexus between the students and the management of the university. It is the Chair's duty to listen to the needs of the students, as raised by the prims and to, along with the rest of the Prims, provide guidance and solutions for the problems. The position plays an important role in the SRC to provide context and a different opinion for the body as a whole, but also to attempt to bring the SRC closer to students.
Vice-chairperson: Prim Committee
The Prim Committee's Vice-Chair is assigned the responsibilities of the committee's PSO Chair and is mandated to represent the 11 PSO (Private Student Organisation) communities on the Prim Committee's Executive Committee, the SRC. In the spirit of the previous term's PC Residence and PSO chairs to operate as co-chairs, both myself and the PC Chair take equal responsibility for our respective constituencies as well as the PC as a whole. A primary, mandatory goal of my position is the personal and leadership development of PSO Primarii to benefit overall community-building in our private student structures.
Chairperson: Senior Prim Committee
The Senior Prim Committee has a constitutional mandate to actively promote the rights of students contained in Chapter 2 of The Student Constitution, and specifically the right, under section 8 (1), to an enabling campus environment in which student success and academic excellence are encouraged and pursued. The Senior Prim Committee represents the interests of the residents of senior residences, in that capacity, at the SRC and the University management through the chairperson of the Senior Prim Committee.
Chairperson: Academic Affairs Council
The Academic Affairs Council (AAC) is a representative student body that takes care of the academic affairs of students in an environment that is devoted to excellence. The AAC consists of two representatives from each of the faculties of Stellenbosch University. The AAC's sole mandate is to protect and represent the academic affairs of students. The AAC can be contacted if a student has any academic issues that need attention, such as HEMIS, lecturer complaints, and course inquiries.
Chairperson: Societies Council & Policy Officer
The Societies Council Chairperson represents the voices and interests of student societies on the SRC governing body. The Societies Council provides a platform for society interaction and the resources and structure student societies need for success. Societies touch the lives of many students, providing them with a place to fit in.
The Policy Officer is at least responsible for ensuring that policies of the SRC, as well as that of the students, are formulated and revised in accordance with section 21 (7) of The Student Constitution; assisting the other SRC members in evaluating and giving input in the formulation of University policy in accordance with section 21 (3) of The Student Constitution, and ensuring that The Student Constitution is revised and updated when required by this Constitution or when necessary.
Chairperson: Tygerberg Student Council
The chairperson is the chief executive officer of the TSC. They act as spokesperson for the TSC and ensure that the TSC fulfills its mandate. The chairperson is also a direct line of contact and information for staff and management on the Tygerberg campus. Although the chairperson represents Tygerberg students, they also serve on the SRC and represent the institutional vision & values of Stellenbosch University. The chairperson's mandate is to ensure that the needs of Tygerberg students are placed first by collaborating with stakeholders.
Student Captain: Military Academy
The student captain oversees the Military Academy Student Committee (MASC). They are spokesperson for MASC and ensure that it fulfills its mandate. The chairperson is also a direct line of contact and information for staff and management on the Saldanha campus. Although the chairperson represents students in the Military Science faculty, they also serve on the SRC and represent the institutional vision & values of Stellenbosch University. The chairperson's mandate is to ensure that the needs of Military Academy students are placed first by collaborating with stakeholders.
Branding & Marketing
The Branding & Marketing Manager is responsible for the public image of the SRC. They ensure that students are aware of the SRC and its functions, and assist with marketing events of the various portfolios. This ensures students are aware of what the SRC can offer.
KuKo (Culture Committee)
KuKo is responsible for celebrating the diverse cultures and activities that Stellenbosch students bring to campus and experience by connecting with others. KuKo fosters social interaction, celebrates diversity, and encourages fun, becuase this is what sets the student experience at Stellenbosch apart from the rest. KuKo plays a major role in organising the SU Connect Vensters event at the beginning of the year, and organise plenty of other opportunities throughout the year for students to connect through their interests in art, music, spoken word and much more.
Safety & Security
The Safety and Security officer must facilitate safety-related concerns from the broader student community to Facilities Management such as Campus Security. This position requires the manager to source out any concerns with regards to the safety of the students and provide a solution to their concerns. The position mainly entails being the primary communication link between Campus Security, student leadership structures and the student community. The purpose of this portfolio is to ensure that the interests and voice of students are represented on forums where campus security is discussed. Thus, it is the SRC member of safety's responsibility to ensure that the relevant information regarding student safety is communicated to the relevant parties.
The main function of this role is to entrench representation and advocate for the issues of students with disabilities within the SRC structure. In addition, it is also about furthering their integration into the SU campus and general society at large. Achieving the above imperative entails working with various structures that seek to represent a matter of minority communities on campus, such as the Disability Unit, Equality Unit and Transformation Office.
To be a conduit between Maties Sport and the Student Community as well as represent Stellenbosch University at a national level such as University Sports South Africa (USSA). This helps the students to have a voice at Maties Sport and Maties Sport to have a direct link to the students. Success includes students having full access to Maties Sports events and activities and the resolution of any sporting disputes on a greater student community level as well as the promotion of physical wellness and recreational activities.
The role of the SU International manager is to organize and administrate functions concerning the international students registered at Stellenbosch University. This year, the objective planned out was to unite international students as a whole. This entails, narrowing down the divide between Euro-American and African students. Although both international groups are under the same administration (International Office) these two bodies of students are not united on campus. This portfolio also aims to represent international students who often feel neglected on campus, and to represent these students who are often left with no representation on campus to turn to in times of crisis.
Sustainability & Innovation
This portfolio has two specific aims. On the one hand, the awareness and education of students are extremely important. Students should be made aware of the great impact they can make. It is about getting people to change the way they think about sustainability. The other part is working together with management to implement large scale projects and initiatives to enhance sustainability starting with our campus.