Mr Sifiso Simelane
“Gloom and despondency have never defeated adversity. Trying times need courage and resilience. Our strength as a people is not tested during the best of times.” – Thabo Mbeki
I am writing to you during difficult times as the world continues its fight against COVID-19. We all have suffered during these challenging times, may our fellow brothers and sisters who passed on as a result of this invisible enemy Rest in Power and may those exposed fully recover.
Fellow students let us all remember that our strength as a People is not tested during the best of times. We have, as country and students of UKZN, stood against such times and demonstrated our strength.
From the above, I write to you as it is that time of the year when you get to elect your leaders in student governance (SRC elections).
When we occupied our offices as the SRC, we had manifestos and programmes in place which we promised to deliver on. We must indicate that we tried our best under these difficult times and we accept criticism. Your frustrations are justified. We are indeed grateful for the opportunity given to us, and we have learned a lot.
The SRC does not operate as an island – we do so within the confines of the University Community, where there are different stakeholders. The SRC alone cannot advance students’ interests without working with these stakeholders who include staff, labour unions, Convocation, Executive Management and Council.
To the leadership I worked with in-office: comrades, thank you very much for your support and tireless efforts towards ensuring that student issues are addressed. I wish you only the best in all your future endeavours.
Through the powers vested in my office as the UKZN SRC President, I wish to declare the official dates of the 2020/2021 SRC Elections as the 26 and 27 October 2020. I wish to appeal for peaceful and violence-free elections.
To all organisations and students who will participate in the upcoming elections, I wish you all the best as you canvas for support.