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Friday, 6 November 2015
UCT SRC 2016 Statement

 

 

 

 

Dear Students

 

In light of the recent events that have occurred nationally, the UCT SRC 2015/16 stands firmly in the belief that when students and workers come together they are an immovable force. We have seen this through various movements such as #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing. We welcome the decision of a 0% fee increment and an end to outsourcing – we further acknowledge that this is not the end goal – but rather working towards the fight for free education in our lifetime and the further decolonization of all institutions. We recognize that for too long the SRC as a structure has been palatable to management, and when such is the norm, radicalism becomes a duty. In fulfilling our duty, as elected representatives with a mandate of service to the students and commitment to workers, we must emerge stronger.

 

The official term of the 2015/16 SRC commenced on the 1st of November 2015, however the SRC began full operations as of the 5th November 2015 due to resolving internal conflict. It would be disingenuous to not acknowledge the vacuum of student representative leadership created by the absence of the SRC which was filled by student led movements and the incoming 2016 faculty councils. . Regardless of our unconstituted status, we must stress the fact that we were elected via a democratic and valid electoral process to uphold the student mandate and thus are ready to take action that advances student struggles on structures we are mandated to sit.

 

We have taken the opportunity, provided by our unconstituted status, to reimagine the current distribution of student governance’s duties and responsibilities. Operationally, we will be functioning through the use of working groups – which provide a flexible format that allows for the cross-pollination of ideas. The division of duties and focus areas amongst the working groups are as follows:

 

1. Student Life: Queries regarding societies, sports sector, development agencies, entertainment endeavours and O-week preparation.

 

2. Academics: Queries regarding Undergraduate and Postgraduate academic concerns.

 

3. Finance: Queries regarding financial assistance and plaza bookings, fundraising endeavours and the management of SRC finance.

 

4. Communications: Central information hub of the SRC – deals with general queries, social media and the branding of the SRC.

 

5. Activism, Transformation and Decolonization: Provide support and direction regarding conscientization of students, policy, accountability, protests and form of activism.

 

6. Services and Hospitality: Queries regarding issues affecting Residences, Day Students, International Students, and Health, IT and all other student services rendered.

 

 

We hope you will take this opportunity to engage with us, regarding any needs you may have as a student. We will be serving office hours throughout the examination period to offer assistance and consultation to all students who have queries and concerns and will be available via email through our collective email address src@uct.ac.za. We wish all students the best in their preparation for exams and hope you take time to rest.

 

 

Collectively, we manifest change.

 

The battle may have been won, but the war is not over. 

 

No retreat. No surrender. Asijiki.

 

SRC 2015/2016

 

Sunday, 8 November 2015
SRC Statement, 8 November 2015

Dear students

 

As the SRC, we fully support the notion that students have a right to write exams. However, it cannot go unnoticed that the management of UCT continues to criminalize workers and students - rather than seeking a peaceful resolution that is beneficial to all parties involved. As a result, this has left many students in immense distress and uncertainty regarding the examination period and academic-related issues.

 

On the Friday, 6 November 2015, an announcement was made by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, threatening to expel and dismiss students and workers. Less than two weeks ago, students protesting peacefully were criminalized on campus and confronted by riot police, using stun grenades and tear gas.  We believe it is these heavy-handed tactics which have led to a breakdown in trust between the alliance of students and workers and management, stifling amiable and equitable progress.

  

Following the email by the Vice-Chancellor, the Students’ Representative Council was called into a briefing with the Vice-Chancellor  at Bremner on Saturday morning.  The SRC requested that this meeting be made open to all students to ensure the transparency and participation of students and workers and a list of student issues was drawn up to be discussed.  In light of the recent occupation of Bremner by workers, a decision was made by the SRC, to request the permission of these workers to meet with the Vice Chancellor before proceeding in that space.  When we arrived workers had been threatened with disciplinary action for leaving their posts and only a handful of workers remained.  The minutes to this meeting have been posted on our social media and are available here.

  

Currently, tensions exist between workers and trade unions over the agreement reached last Friday to end outsourcing. Details concerning this agreement remain crucial to workers security, living conditions and ability to provide for their families.  With workers unable to leave their posts, representative and transparent negotiations are unable to take place between workers and management over these issues and this remains an issue of contention. It appears that that anxieties exist over UCT’s commitment to insourcing and the specific details of how insourcing will be implemented and whether these are indeed in the best interest of workers. The SRC is however not involved in the negotiations and agreements between workers and management, but reminds students of the crucial symbiotic relationship between workers and students, and encourage students to stand in solidarity with workers over their demands and concerns.It is important to stress that exams and the continuation of university business hinges upon an agreement being reached between the protesting workers and management. As a result of our commitment to furthering students needs and management's uncooperative stance, we made the decision to support any action that expedites the negotiation process, which would enable the resolution of both student, and worker concerns before Monday, 9th November.

At this stage it would be irresponsible for the SRC to encourage the student disruption of examinations, knowing that we cannot provide adequate surety that these students can be protected from expulsion or criminal charges.  We do however iterate our stance echoed to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price in our meeting, that we would do everything in our power to protect students from expulsion.   

Last night, an email was sent out to all Faculty Councils asking for the auto forwarding of all student queries to the SRC email inbox to ensure the effective and unified engagement with management over student issues and concerns.   

Yesterday we called an urgent meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Deans of the various Faculties, to be held today.  In this meeting we hope to raise issues stemming from correspondence with students in the past 48 hours, from this we hold that:

1. The rights of students in blanket deferral was not adequately communicated to students and enough of a time period as not given for students to consult with parents, student advisors and medical professionals over the use of this facility.  This deferral period must be extended.   

2.  The 72 hour response time required and right of students to defer individual examinations on the grounds of political objection and compassionate reasons was not adequately communicated with students.   

3. That supplementary examinations remain a universal right for all students writing either November or January examinations, especially in light of the current political climate.   

4. That the university should seek to assist international students in the difficulties and anxiety they face concerning VISA’s.   

5. We believe that the current examination process remains an exploitative process, given the financial costs residence students have to face in deferring exams.   

We believe that the inadequacy of the proposed solutions provided to students by management is due to fact that elected students leaders were not included in decision-making process made by the Senior Management Committee of this University in the authoring of the ‘FAQ Sheets’ distributed to students.   This was at a time when many staff were out of offices and fulfilled the role in responding to student concerns and issues.    

We would like to reiterate that we have not, as a newly elected body who have taken office on the 1 November 2015, led the protest by students and workers- and are not going to start now.  We as an SRC are not here to ‘steal the movement’.  Our role here is to listen to and service the administrative and practical concerns of students. We will therefore continue to champion student issues.

 

If you would like to raise further concerns not addressed above to be brought to the VC, please email src@uct.ac.za

No retreat, No Surrender.  Asijiki

 

UCT SRC 2015/2016

Friday, 20 November 2015
Acting-President's Political Report

Dear students

 

The past several weeks have seen a nationwide resurgence in allied student activism. The #FeesMustFall #EndOutsourcing campaigns have raised important questions around the status quo: the legacy of hundreds of years of oppression and exploitation; the questioning of the structures that uphold such a paradigm and the role of governance and student governance in the fight against a system that it is arguably founded upon. The transition from being ‘on the ground’ into student governance in the midst of such unprecedented times has revealed to us the urgent need for an effective, student led Student Representative Council. As students ourselves, we share many of the frustrations highlighted over the academic year as seen in our various manifestos and campaigns. It is clear, more than ever before, that as newly elected representatives of students the time for action is now.

 

Due to both our previous attempts at constituting being disrupted by protest action, we sought an alternative to the usual organisation structure to try and mitigate against the lack of a formalised representative body. We established several working groups which were centered on particular complementary areas of focus. While these working groups proved to be valuable in the short-term, it became clear that these would be inefficient in the long-run for the purposes of direct accountability and the addressing of immediate concerns at this time of the year such as beginning the process of opening the SRC Assistance Fund to students in need as well as SRC deployments to the Readmissions and Appeals Committee, amongst other things. Due to some of the aforementioned reasons, the continuation of working groups would have resulted in students suffering even further after a particularly trying semester. It was thus resolved that the allocation of duties through each SRC member assuming an acting portfolio would be most beneficial moving forward. Therefore, a delegation of tasks meeting was held on the 17th & 18th of November, 2015 with members assuming the duties of specific offices in an acting capacity effective immediately.  A formal constituting meeting will be held after exams and the date thereof will be communicated by the Elections Commission in due course.

 

It is with this result that we have decided to take decisive action.

 

The delegation is as follows:

 

 

 

 

                                 SRC 2015/2016: Contact Details

 

 

 

Portfolio

Name

Surname

Office Numbers

Office Phone numbers

 

Office Email

1

Acting President

Rorisang

Moseli

7.06

021 650 3539

srcpresident@uct.ac.za

2.

Acting Vice-President External

Ryan

Prithraj

7.16

021 650 5498

srcvpe@uct.ac.za

3.

Acting Vice-President Internal

Zipho

Majova

7.07

021 650 5000

srcvpi@uct.ac.za

4.

Acting Secretary General

Noxolo

Ntaka

7.17

021 650 5048

srcsg@uct.ac.za

5.

Acting Deputy Secretary-General

Louise

Bestbier

7.16

021 650 5498

srcdsg@uct.ac.za

6.

Acting Treasurer General

Marcus

Gawronsky

7.06

021 650 3539

srctreasurer@uct.ac.za

7.  

Acting Undergraduate Academics chair

Nabeel

Allie

7.13

021 650 5002

srcugchair@uct.ac.za

8.

Acting Postgraduate Academics chair

Eddie

Dos Santos

7.12

021 650 4119

 

srcpgchair@uct.ac.za

9.

Acting Day Students chair

Sinead

Johnson

7.19

021 650 5928

srcdaystudents@uct.ac.za

10.

Acting Corporate Relations and fundraising chair

Busisiwe

Nxumalo

7.19

021 650 5928

srcentertainment@uct.ac.za

 

11.

Acting Health, Safety and Environment chair

Tayla

Karsten

7.20

021 650 5119

srchealth@uct.ac.za

 

12.

Acting International Students chair

Gloria

Chikaonda

7.12

021 650 4119

srcinternational@uct.ac.za

13.

Acting Labour and Services chair

Zipho

Majova

7.06

021 650 5000

srclabour@uct.ac.za

14.

Acting Residences chair

Tshegofatso

Putu

7.17

021 650 5048

srcresidences@uct.ac.za

15.

Acting Societies chair

Nthupula

Masipa

7.13

021 650 5002

srcsocieties@uct.ac.za

16.

Acting Sports and Recreation chair

Ryan

Prithraj

7.16

021 650 5498

srcsports@uct.ac.za

17.

Acting Transformation and Social Responsiveness chair

Motheo

Lengoasa

7.20

021 650 5119

srctransformation@uct.ac.za

 

As noted in the above, the SRC of 2015/2016 have welcomed two new members as a result of the resignations by Ms. Natasha Skoryk and Mr. Tashriq Amien on the 9th and 18th November 2015 both of whom have cited personal reasons for their departure. As per the SRC Constitution, the Election Commission has extended an invitation to Ms. Nthupula Masipa and Ms. Gloria Chikaonda to fill the vacancies as the next people on the election results list. We are pleased to announce that both candidates have accepted with the process concluding on the 20th of November 2015.

 

Following the first attempt at constituting on the 6th of October 2015, the Election Commission opened a process to address election irregularities and complaints in response to the concerns raised by members of the then SRC elect. The full response to a complaint laid by Mx. Thato Pule can be accessed in the Election Commissions statement to all students on the 14th of October, 2015. Due to Mx. Pule’s dissatisfaction with the outcome, she has decided against participating in the activities of the SRC until further notice with Mx. Nigel Patel standing in solidarity with Mx. Pule’s protest. In the interim, the unassigned portfolios will be handled by task teams chaired by Mr. Prithraj (Sport) and Ms. Majova (Labour & Services).

 

To those who are writing exams during November, we wish you the best of luck for the remaining week. For those who have deferred, we hope you have a restful holiday and productive study break.

Please feel free to direct general queries to the src@uct.ac.za account or alternatively visit our offices on the 7th floor of the Steve Biko Union building from 9h00-16h00 on weekdays. If you require portfolio specific help, please email council members directly.

 

We are #StudentLed and collectively manifest change.

 

 

Sincerely

 

Rorisang Moseli

Acting-President 2015/2016

 

UCT Students’ Representative Council

Tuesday, 24 November 2015
SRC Assistance Fund Fee Application Form 2016

Dear Students

 

The SRC Assistance Fund Form has been under review by the Students’ Representative Council for 2016 and is now ready to be distributed. The form has been attached to this e-mail. Thanks to the efforts of the 2015 SRC, this fund has grown since previous years and every effort will be made to ensure the fund is equitable and fairly distributed. The form has been redesigned to no longer assume exclusionary or normative family structures and titles. Additionally, the form no longer assumes the income stream of parent(s) or guardian(s), and is more flexible and clearer over these requirements. 

 

The SRC Assistance Fund is designed as a last resort to students who are not on financial aid, looking to settle fees going into the new academic year, who have been refused credit by private institutions. The SRC Assistance Fund Selection Committee will therefore consider the academic year of study, the academic performance, financial need and amount of fees outstanding of the applicants.

 

Due to available funds, only applicants from 2nd year of study in 2016 can be considered. We ask that all forms be submitted electronically. The closing date for applications is 22 January 2016. For any and all queries and submissions, please email the form to srcassistancefund@uct.ac.za.

 

We are #StudentLed and collectively manifest change. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

UCT SRC Students’ Representative Council

Monday, 7 December 2015
SRC statement - 7 December 2015

Dear students

 

Residence and Deferred Examinations

As a result of several engagements and correspondence dating from the 5th of November between the SRC, Residence Council, Registrar’s Office, Student Housing and the Vice-Chancellor, the following agreement was resolved before Council on the 5th of December 2015:

·         Students who have deferred part or whole of their examinations or have qualified for a supplementary examination(s) in January 2016, will not be charged for accommodation or meals;

·         Students who reside in self-catering residences will be eligible to receive meal rights in residences if they require such assistance;

·         A student may return four nights before their exam is scheduled to sit;

·         Final exam timetable will be published on the 24th of December, 2015. Thereafter, an online booking system will be opened to indicate your arrival date. Details of this platform will follow. Residence allocation for the deferred examination period will follow once your online booking is received.

We would like to thank students who have displayed incredible patience throughout this period of negotiation with management. We trust that this outcome will allay the concerns of those who contacted the SRC and its sub-structures and allow all students to focus on their preparation for examinations.

 

Constituting Meeting

On the 27th of November 2015, a constituting meeting of the 2015/2016 SRC was held where final portfolios were allocated. The SRC and Elections Commission received a letter of resignation prior to the sitting from Mx Thato Pule and it was agreed that the Commission would contact the next person on the Final Results list. Mr Bulelani Sidyani accepted the invitation to join the 2015/2016 SRC on the 3rd of December, 2015. The SRC as at the publishing of this statement is as follows:

                                 SRC 2015/2016: Contact Details

 

 

Portfolio

Name

Surname

Office

Office Phone numbers

Office Email

1

President

Rorisang

Moseli

7.09

021 650 3539

srcpresident@uct.ac.za

2.

Vice-President External

Ryan

Prithraj

7.16

021 650 5498

srcvpe@uct.ac.za

3.

Vice-President Internal

Zipho

Majova

7.07

021 650 5000

srcvpi@uct.ac.za

4.

Secretary General

Noxolo

Ntaka

7.17

021 650 5048

srcsg@uct.ac.za

5.

Deputy Secretary-General

Louise

Bestbier

7.16

021 650 5498

srcdsg@uct.ac.za

6.

Treasurer General

Marcus

Gawronsky

7.06

021 650 3539

srctreasurer@uct.ac.za

7.  

Undergraduate Academics chair

Nabeel

Allie

7.13

021 650 5002

srcugchair@uct.ac.za

8.

Postgraduate Academics chair

Eddie

Dos Santos

7.12

021 650 4119

srcpgchair@uct.ac.za

9.

Day Students chair

Sinead

Johnson

7.19

021 650 5928

srcdaystudents@uct.ac.za

10.

Corporate Relations and Fundraising chair

Busisiwe

Nxumalo

7.19

021 650 5928

srcentertainment@uct.ac.za

11.

Health, Safety and Environment chair

Tayla

Karsten

7.20

021 650 5119

srchealth@uct.ac.za

12.

International Students chair

Gloria

Chikaonda

7.12

021 650 4119

srcinternational@uct.ac.za

13.

Labour and Services chair

Bulelani

Sidyani

7.06

021 650 5000

srclabour@uct.ac.za

14.

Residences chair

Tshegofatso

Putu

7.17

021 650 5048

srcresidences@uct.ac.za

15.

Societies chair

Nthupula

Masipa

7.13

021 650 5002

srcsocieties@uct.ac.za

16.

Sports and Recreation chair

Nigel

Patel

7.07

021 650 5498

srcsports@uct.ac.za

17.

Transformation and Social Responsiveness chair

Motheo

Lengoasa

7.20

021 650 5119

srctransformation@uct.ac.za

 

Vacation Committee

Students requiring any assistance from the SRC should be advised that they may visit our offices on the 7th floor of the Steve Biko Building where a member of the vacation committee would be able to assist. The Committee will be in office from the 7th to the 20th of December and again from the 4th of January, 2016.

SRC Assistance Fund

A reminder to students requiring assistance from the SRC Assistance Fund that applications are now open. Applications are due on the 22nd of January, 2016. Please refer to previous SRC communication for details and find the form here.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday. To those who are preparing for examinations in January we wish you all the best for your preparation and exam sitting.

 

Collectively we manifest change.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Rorisang Moseli

President

 

 

Friday, 18 December 2015
2016 SRC deployments

Dear students

 

This serves as a letter of formal communication informing you that applications are officially open for permanent committee deployments. These comprise of committees, councils and working groups which SRC members and non-SRC students are required to sit on in order to represent the entire student body. Below you will find an outline of the procedure that will be followed by the Secretariat when doing these deployments. We ask that you read this email thoroughly and see its attachments, as there is important information that cannot be missed and will be beneficial to the application process. Furthermore please see the attached documentation, as it will aid in your application – and the committee motivation template which you will be required to fill in to be considered for deployments. We further invite you to apply, as this serves as an opportunity for you to actively engage in policy making decisions and to work with the SRC to bring about substantial change.

 

1. Procedure

The selection process for deployments will be done through written motivations that should be done by using the attached template. It can be done in either bullet form or paragraphs – depending on which format is suited to you. There are more than 50 committees that require the SRC/student members to sit on which translates to approximately 150 SRC seats. The Secretariat has used lists from previous years as well as the Terms of Reference (ToR) document attached to compile a summary of the committees (also attached) that you would be required to sit on if your application is successful. Please be succinct as possible when writing your motivations as each motivation will require the following:

 

·         Each motivation is limited to a maximum of 300 words.

·         You can motivate for a maximum of seven committees, however if you decided to motivate for less that will be fine as well

·         The number of courses you will be taking next year for both semesters. This is to give the Secretariat insight as to whether the number of committees you motivate for, you will   be able to attend in conjunction with your courses and academic schedule.

 

2. Certain Committees

Certain Committees will require specific SRC portfolio holders to sit on them. This information will also be found as you go through the SRC Committee list summary and Terms of Reference. Other committees will require both SRC members and non-SRC members to sit on. To find this information, attached is the list of all committees the SRC is required to deploy to from A – Z, which will provide you with further specifications for each committee.

 

3. Criteria for selection Process:

Once motivations are in, they will be considered according to the following criteria:

 

 

  1. How your participation will aid in the success of the student body.

 

This will allow the Secretariat to have a better perspective in terms of your interests and issues that you believe have not been adequately addressed pertaining to students previously – and what and how you would aid in this. Furthermore the Secretariat will be able to assess what your plan would be to guarantee the passing/amendments of policies.

 

  1.  Inclusivity when selecting: non-partisan and strategic

We will, as far as possible, attempt to get a diversity of strengths on each committee. Try to highlight in your motivation which qualities you possess which will make you a valuable member of the caucus. This also pertains to political and ideological diversity in the committees.

  1. Academic load

To ensure full participation in committee attendance, the Secretariat will require the full amount of courses for both semesters next year and the degree you are pursuing. Committee attendance of SRC members/non-SRC UCT students is crucial given that content discussed will affect the student body – therefore to guarantee maximum commitment and attendance the Secretariat will be taking ones’ academic load into consideration. Lastly, our first priority as students should be to obtain a degree and the Secretariat seeks to keep this in mind in order to not overburden you – but rather strike a balance.

  1. The workload associated with the committees you are on 

Certain committees are quite content heavy and will require extensive preparation. Therefore the Secretariat will take this into consideration together with your academic load for the year.

  1.  Experience & Institutional Knowledge/ The ability to show how the skills that you have are transferable to the particular committee

 

It could be advantageous to have continuity in some of the committees. This is not to say however that if you have not served on that committee you will not be considered or unable to apply. Your ability to show institutional knowledge and how this will be applied to the committee will also be part of this criteria.

OR

You may be able to show how the skills you have obtained elsewhere will assist you in performing well on the committee. Both of these components will be weighted equally as continuity is important but it must be considered that students who have not served in these committees will not be overlooked – as your value and new insight will be beneficial. The Secretariat will now deploy people based on this criteria. If a situation arises where two people motivate just as well as the other that it becomes difficult to choose, the criteria will be rated on a scale of 1-4. There may be a need for follow up questions based on the motivations submitted so could we all please be readily available on email to respond promptly so that we can keep this process smooth and avoid any delays.

3. Timeline

·         Due Date for Motivations: Wednesday 20 January 2016, 16:30 P.M.

·         Selection Process: 21-25 January of 2016

·         Provisional list: Wednesday 27 January 2016 12 P.M.

·         Final list: Friday 29 January 2016

The plan is to send the final list to servicing officers on Monday 2nd February 2016.  Please be prompt with submissions because committee meetings will be starting very early in February some even late January so it is best to get it out of the way as soon as you can. Finally, please make use of the Terms of Reference document to find out more about the membership, objectives of the committees. Please also be advised that you may also motivate for the University Student Discipline Tribunal and the University Student Appeals Tribunal, these are also in the handbook. If there are any questions about the procedure or any concerns please raise them with the Secretariat and we would be happy to assist you or bring it to the SRC if it requires us to do so. I speak for the Secretariat when I say that we will make every attempt to make this process as transparent, fair and open as we can. We ask for your cooperation in making this as fair a process as possible.

 

Noxolo Ntaka

Secretary General of the UCT Students’ Representative Council 2016

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015
SRC update - 22 December 2015

Dear students                                                                                                

 

This email serves to notify you that the SRC Vacation Committee is out of office as of the 19th of December 2015, 16: 30 P.M. Furthermore the SRC Vacation Committee will return to office on the 4th of January 2016. All members of the Vacation Committee will however be able to assist with queries via email should you need assistance. Please refer below to the members of the SRC Vacation Committee and their contact details:

 

·         Ryan Duncan Prithraj: Vice President External Affairs – srcvpe@uct.ac.za

·         Noxolo Ntaka: Secretary General – srcsg@uct.ac.za

·         Louise Bestbier: Deputy Secretary General – srcdsg@uct.ac.za

·         Marcus Gawronsky: Treasurer General – srctreasurer@uct.ac.za

·         Tayla Karsten: Health, Safety and Environment Chair – srchealth@uct.ac.za

·         Nthupula Masipa: Societies Chair – srcsocieties@uct.ac.za

 

Ø   2016 Readmissions Appeals Committee

 

o   Furthermore please note that students academically excluded in 2015 can appeal to the Readmission Appeal Committee. Students excluded in previous years can only apply via the Admissions Office. An academic standing at the end of 2015 of 'not eligible to continue' means that you are not permitted to renew your registration in 2016 as you have not met the minimum academic requirements to do so. An academic standing at the end of 2015 of 'eligible to continue if SUPP/DE passed' means that your readmission to UCT in 2016 depends on the outcome of your supplementary/deferred examinations. You must appeal before your supplementary/deferred examination results are released. If you do not appeal by the deadline and you later fail your supplementary or deferred examinations, you will not be allowed to submit a late appeal. Each Faculty has a Readmission Appeal Committee (RAC). The RAC of a faculty considers appeals from its own students and appeals from students of other faculties who appeal to transfer. The RAC is the only body that can consider your appeal. The RAC's decisions are final. No second or further appeal to a higher body is possible. This is why it is important to include all evidence of circumstances that would justify your readmission, in your appeal submission. Evidence may include, for example, medical/death certificates, sworn affidavits, travel itineraries, tickets, etc. Please do not hesitate to contact the SRC offices if you require any assistance in this regard or email us at src@uct.ac.za. We will try our best to assist where we can.

 

Ø   2016 SRC Committee Deployments

 

o   This is also a reminder to all students interested in applying to sit on designated committees (Please see previous statement), that the due date will be 20 January 2016, Wednesday at 16: 30 P.M. Please email all motivations through to srcsg@uct.ac.za.

 

Ø   2016 SRC Logo

 

Over the past few weeks, the SRC have undergone an exhaustive process of interrogation regarding our own symbolism as a structure: It must be further noted that the current SRC logo does not represent the SRC structure nor the students the SRC has been elected to represent. To put in context, the current logo is a colonial wax seal with the UCT crest. We believe the current wax seal and crest found in logo no longer reflects the spirit and values of students on campus and a process of consultation has been embark on to reimage this symbol of the SRC and students.  A new logo is in the works and the designs can be found on the SRC Facebook page and Twitter account.  A poll will go out shortly with the new logo options for students to vote on a new SRC logo.

 

Lastly the SRC would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful holiday. To those writing deferred exams we wish you all the best in your studying and believe in your strength to thrive, conquer and succeed. We hope to see everyone in the New Year, well rested and ready for the academic year.

 

Saturday, 2 January 2016
SRC 2016 Official logo

Dear Students, 

 

This serves as a reminder that students are again invitee to vote for the official 2016 SRC logo here: https://t.co/6fEJE6ALHB . 

 

The final deadline to submit votes will be Monday, 4th January 2016 at 18:00. The SRC looks forward to hearing your opinion and working with students further in the future. 

 

A happy New Year and prosperous academic year ahead. 

 

SRC 2016

Wednesday, 6 January 2016
SRC Update: 05/01/2016
Friday, 15 January 2016
SRC Statement - 15 January 2016

Dear Students

 

This email serves to notify all students that the SRC has resumed full operations as of the 11th of January 2016. Furthermore please see a list of announcements pertaining to matters of concern, which the SRC deals with, which require student attention:

 

International Students Visa-related issues and Deferred Exams

The SRC has been in consultation with the Deputy Registrar regarding the matter of international student visas. The conclusion of this consultation is that the visa delay is good enough cause for international students to request to write exams off-campus, however a student must provide evidence of the visa delay. Furthermore, the student would need to bear the cost associated with this. Attached please find the form that is required to be filled in and returned to the Dean of your respective faculty as soon as possible. Students who have failed to make such arrangements before their exam is held must still apply to their faculties using this form.

 

Furthermore, students from visa exempt countries for visits to South Africa of less than 30 days will receive a stamp on their passports at the airport. Therefore the university has agreed to pre-register students to sit deferred exams on a visitor’s visa. This option could work for those students who are not continuing studies in 2016 thus their costs would be limited to coming in to write and then leaving after the exams.

 

IAPO has also contacted the South African Embassy, requesting them to expedite their processing but success is not guaranteed and the process could be drawn out. IAPO has further consulted with an Immigration Consultant who has stated that there may be a backlog at the Police office and are investigating this matter. We are still working towards helping returning and incoming international students who are at risk of missing their exam and/or registration dates and will inform students as soon as a solution has been found. The SRC has made an appeal to the university to contact the Department of Home Affairs and the SAPS with regard to this urgent matter and the deputy registrar is in contact with Universities in South Africa, as this is a national problem, affecting all universities across the country.

 

Students must rest assured however, that the SRC and IAPO are working to resolve this issue, so that students can write their exams and register timeously.

 

2016 SRC Assistance Fund and Financial Aid Bailout Fund

 

The SRC Assistance Fund Form has been under review by the Students’ Representative Council for 2016 and is now ready to be distributed. The form has been attached to this e-mail. Thanks to the efforts of the 2015 SRC, this fund has grown since previous years and every effort will be made to ensure the fund is equitable and fairly distributed. The form has been redesigned to no longer assume exclusionary or normative family structures and titles. Additionally, the form no longer assumes the income stream of parent(s) or guardian(s), and is more flexible and clearer over these requirements.

 

The SRC Assistance Fund is designed as a last resort to students who are not on financial aid, looking to settle fees going into the new academic year, who have been refused credit by private institutions. The SRC Assistance Fund Selection Committee will therefore consider the academic year of study, the academic performance, financial need and amount of fees outstanding of the applicants.

 

Due to available funds, only applicants from 2nd year of study in 2016 can be considered. We ask that all forms be submitted electronically. The closing date for applications is 22 January 2016. For any and all queries and submissions, please email the form to srcassistancefund@uct.ac.za. Furthermore students on financial aid requiring financial bailout assistance can apply to the UCT financial aid through their own bailout fund. For further information regarding this matter please contact: sindi.ntshongwana@uct.ac.za or FinancialAid@uct.ac.za.

 

2016 Registration Dates and Residences date

 

The SRC would further like to remind all students to check their faculty registration dates. These can be found on the UCT website at: http://www.uct.ac.za/students/records/reg_details/. Furthermore please also note that residences will officially open as of 1st February 2016. The SRC will be driving around Residences to assist students with transporting their luggage via the SRC mobile van, to their respective Residences as best we can. Communication regarding this will follow soon.

 

2016 Deployments to Committees

 

This serves as a final reminder that committee deployments are due on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 at 16:30 P.M. for all those interested in applying. Please see previous communication of SRC statement sent on the 17th of December 2015 for more information and necessary attached documentation.

 

Finally the SRC would like to welcome back all students, especially to those writing deferred exams. We wish you all the best and have faith that you will succeed. A happy New Year to everyone and we hope that you have a fruitful academic year ahead.

 

 

UCT SRC Students’ Representative Council

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