Members of the Wits SRC engage with other SRCs across the country.

The Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) attended the annual National General Conference hosted by the South African Union of students (SAUS) to help students get financial aid from NSFAS on Friday July 26.

“The National General Conference is an arena where collective SRCs combine their experiences, challenges and solutions to solve policy matters that affect students”, said SAUS national spokesperson Thabo Shingange.

Shingange told Wits Vuvuzela this year’s conference addressed several issues within the higher education sector that have an impact on university students.

“These issues range from the CAS [Central Application Services] Bill, NSFAS, postgraduate funding, HEAIDS and youth development to graduate employment opportunities”, said Shingange.

Wits SRC president Sisanda Mbolekwa*, deputy president Nkateko Muloiwa, clubs and societies officer Nkosinathi Makhanya and gender and transformation officer Sibongile Sibeko were present at this year’s National General Conference.

Muloiwa said the National General Conference is important because “it is a space for SRCs to adopt various modus operandi to advance various strategic goals of our SRC, in relation to those of other SRCs.”

Muloiwa told Wits Vuvuzela that students benefit from the solutions “carved out of the NGC with a way forward to advance the ills on campus”.

“The dominance of men across all SRCs and the stifling of women’s voices and the marginalised voice was a highlight for me,” said Muloiwa.

Former Wits SRC members Nompendulo Mkhatshwa and Fasiha Hassan attended this year’s National General Conference for the first time as ANC Members of Parliament.

The general conference takes place once a year and newly sitting SRC members from universities across the country are invited.

*Sisanda Mbolekwa is a student journalist at Wits Vuvuzela.

FEATURED IMAGE: Wits Student Representative Council members.   Photo: Provided.