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Societies Sub-Council

There are more than 100 student societies and organisations at UCT reflecting a wide range of interests, including academic, religious, cultural, social and political activities.

Each society is run by students and any student may be a member. Societies hold a number of events every year including an AGM where the new leadership is elected for the New Year. 

The Societies Sub-Council is a group of 12 motivated individuals dedicated to the efficient functioning, activity and involvement of societies on campus. It a sub-structure of the SRC appointed to ensure a fair representation and voice to societies on campus.

Some of the goals for the sub-council this year include promoting the SRC’s broader vision of transformation within the UCT community as well as providing  a helping hand to societies where need be.





Shahana Bahana


Students' Representative Council

Siyabonga Ntombela


Albert Baloyi

Sibusiso Radebe

James Combrink

Social Responsiveness Officer

Leigh-Anne Mapuranga

Fredrik Rondborg

Landile Mchunu

Resources and Funding Officer

Joseph Mayson


Precious Kumbatira


Hannah Margetts




Each society is partially funded by the University and partially by subscription fees which the societies charge.

The societies allow students to enjoy activities on the University that are not normally part of the academic curricula. Societies allow students to enjoy being part of a community on campus that is stimulating and opens up new challenges and opportunities for them.


These societies are organisations whose primary aim is either to enhance the learning and understanding of students at UCT or to bring students in contact with the leaders in their field of studies. Many of these societies hold seminars on various topics and bring industry leaders to UCT while others concentrate on community development programmes.

Society & Website



Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals

Association of Built Environment Students

Association of SA Black Actuaries

Biological Society

Black Law Students' Forum

Education Development Unit Student Organisation

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

Organisational Psychology Students' Society

Psychology Society

South African Medical Students' Association

South African Space Association (SASA-UCT)

Surgical Society

UCT Marketing Association

UCT Mathematics Society


This constitutes one of the largest sectors, representing almost all major religious beliefs, doctrines and denominations. Many of these societies have ties with local religious structures. Although UCT is a secular campus, it makes the attempt to accommodate everyone and allow them to exercise their beliefs freely without interfering with the academic programme and other faiths.

Society & Website


Acts Kolbe Catholic Society

Anglican Students' Society

Believers' Loveworld

Christian Medical Fellowship

Christian Revival Church

Church on Main

Deeper Life Fellowship

Hillsong Church

Hindu Students' Society

His People

Jubilee Society

Muslim Students' Association

Muslim Youth Movement

Rapha Fellowship Centre

Redeemed Christian Fellowship

Seventh Day Adventist Student Movement (SDASM)

Shofar Church

South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS)

Student Christian Fellowship

Student YMCA

Trees of Life Multiracial Church

UCT Baha'i Society

UCT Moslem Youth Movement

Wesley Guild Methodist Society

World Mission Society (Church of God)

Zion Christian Student Fellowship


These societies largely represent national and cultural interests. However, membership is not drawn exclusively from the relevant countries. These societies mainly aim to broaden students exposure to the cultural dynamism of UCT.

Society & Website


Abantu Zambian Society

Congolese Society


East African Students' Association

Ghana Society

Hellenic Students' Association

Lesotho Students' Association

Malawi Students' Society

Namibian Students' Organisation

Nigerian Students' Society

Republic of China Students' Association (ROCSA)

Swazi Students' Society

Zimbabwe Society


These organisations represent a group of national and international political organisations. Their activities include attending national gatherings, and inviting politicians and scholars to speak at meetings.

Society & Website


ANC Youth League

Democratic Alliance Students' Organisation


Palestine Solidarity Forum

Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA)

South African Students' Congress

The Collective

United Nations Association of SA

Special interest

This group of societies represent a broad range of groups from special interest and civil society groups to social and wellness groups. These societies open up huge opportunities to experience and enjoy new activities at UCT.

Society & Website


African Union Student Chapter

Amnesty International

Art of Living – SMILE

Ballroom and Latin Dancing Society

Bhakti Yoga Society

Black Management Forum

Cape Legion of Adventurers and War Gamers

Cape Town Globalist


Debating Union

DJ's Production Society



Engineers Without Borders

Equal Education

Film Society

Free Society Institute UCT Chapter (FSI)



Golden Future Project

Green Campus Initiative

Habitat For Humanity

Hip Hop Club

History and Current Affairs Society

Ikey Ability

Chaeli Mycroft

Investment Society

LeanIn UCT

Alexandra Swanepoel

Photographic Society


Rural Support Network (RSN)

Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ)

Students for Life


UCT African Choral

UCT Choir

UCT Choir for Africa

UCT Consulting Club

UCT Developers Society

UCT Entrepreneurs Society


We Are Animals

Wine and Cultural Society

Women in Computer Science (WCS-UCT)

How to join a society at UCT

Students can become members of societies throughout the academic year. During the annual O-week the student organsations showcase themselves on the Jameson Plaza. Here students can sign-up with the societies that interest them and they can either have the subscription fees charged to their student accounts or pay cash to the cashiers in the Steve Biko Students' Union.

If students miss the O-week sign up period they can come to the Societies Helpdesk on Level 5, Steve Biko Students' Union or contact Societies to sign up with a society or get more information. Students may join societies throughout the year and may pay through their fee accounts until 30 April or alternatively can pay cash at the Student Treasury on Level 5, Steve Biko Students' Union.