Westville ResLife Celebration
The Department of Student Residence Affairs hosted the annual Westville ResLife Leadership awards function to celebrate accolades the Westville ResLife Team has achieved in prioritising the academic success and well-being of students.
Tribute was paid to the various stakeholders who have made a contribution to ResLife in developing and grooming students in residences.
Manager for Student Residence Affairs, Mr Morumula, officially opened the function acknowledging the good work done by the Westville ResLife Team under the leadership of Ms Lerato Khoadi, who is the Residence Life Co-ordinator for the Westville campus.
‘Such great events are not only for Student Housing but also for the University at large to represent the brand and display our corporate identity as an institution of higher learning,’ said Morumula.
Among the speakers for the evening was Mr Siphephile Khanyile who is the Residence Assistant for Longsdale, one of the off-campus residences for Westville students. He spoke about events since he joined the Res Life team encouraging other student leaders and advising them that leadership was not about popularity but about knowing and understanding people.
Keynote speaker, Ms Dudu Shabane, a Teacher who is doing her doctorate through UKZN, said: ‘Never let challenges stop you from dreaming especially if you are a UKZN student because the Institution has all the resources to inspire academic excellence.’
Shabane reminded students that university was preparation for entry into the big world where life began for real. She said values such as respect, self-discipline and humbleness were vital in the work environment.
‘As a First Language English Teacher, humility, humbleness and all the challenges I have experienced in my life shaped me to be the person I am today. People see your background - never forget where you come from and people who have assisted you in life even if you are blessed with high positions because you still need other people in life - umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu.’
An award was made to Mr Mandlakayise Ndaba from the Student Governance and Leadership Development Office who has assisted with mentorship programmes and also to Ms Elanor Langley and Ms Pinky Mnyaka for their contribution in facilitating HIV and AIDS Programmes in residences.
Residence Assistants, Mentors and House Committees were also acknowledged for their hard work and dedication in assisting students and creating a healthy environment at University residences.
Khoadi said the gathering was more like a thanks-giving ceremony. ‘I want to thank my management team, especially my line Manager Mr Sbu Khumalo, for the support he gave me. Thanks also to all my colleagues - ngiyabonga kakhulu kunina nonke,’ said Khoadi.