Student Services Division Indaba
The Student Services Division (SSD) hosted its inaugural Indaba at the UNITE Building on the Howard College campus recently.
This year’s gathering was labelled “Indaba” because of the Division’s need to promote a more interactive engagement and open-type discussion approach with staff in respect of its current and future strategies and direction.
The interactive and innovative approach, led to the event being attended by almost the entire SSD staff from all five campuses!
Student Services Information Officer, Mr Sachin Suknunan, served as the Programme Director and facilitated the programme which started with a welcoming address by the Executive Director: Student Services, Dr Sibusiso Chalufu.
Chalufu first asked the audience to observe a moment of silence in memory of students, staff and families/friends/relatives of staff who passed on this year.
He then spoke on realities within the SSD and work being carried out as well as future imperatives.
Chalufu thanked staff for their ongoing dedication and hard-work despite the trials and tribulations experienced during the course of the year, encouraging them to keep up the good work.
Staff of the Division then had the opportunity to introduce themselves and convey why their role is important and valuable in the Division/University. This proved to be a very empowering, informative and fun exercise.
Fraud and Prevention Specialist from Forensic Services, Mr Tony Singarum, then addressed the gathering on the harsh realities of fraud and corruption.
Head of Departments (HoDs) within SSD provided stimulating presentations on their departmental responsibilities and outputs for the year, along with challenges and future plans followed by feedback from staff.
HoDs included Mr Michael Davids (Student Funding), Ms Sharitha Seetal (Special Projects), Mr Mark Bashe (Student Health and Sport), Mr Meliqiniso Sibisi (Student Governance and Leadership Development), Mr Kgotlaetsile Marumola (Student Residence Affairs), and Mr Amith Ramballie (Senior Student Development Specialist - Disability Support Services and HIV and AIDS Programme).
Ms Sandra Pillay (Finance Student Services) could not join the Indaba due to ill health at the time.
The programme then proceeded to an interactive session with all staff participating, with a view to gaining insights on possible strategies that could promote the Division to become the leading provider of quality student support services embracing the holistic development of the diverse student population.
Overall, the Indaba proved to be an invaluable refreshing, empowering and successful exercise for the SSD, which provided a remarkable platform for all to engage effectively and promote knowledge exchange in line with the Division’s aspirations.