04 June 2015 Volume :3 Issue :27

UKZN SRC President earns BCom Degree

UKZN SRC President earns BCom Degree
Central SRC President, Mr Dithobe Mosana.

Central SRC President at UKZN, Mr Dithobe Mosana, graduated with a BCom (Supply Chain Management and Marketing) degree.

Growing up in Seshego township in Limpopo, Mosana switched to commerce from a science and agriculture stream after matric.

Adapting to commerce was not the only difficulty he faced as a young undergraduate student. Coming from a middle-class family, he didn’t qualify for NSFAS and while his parents managed to pay his fees and living expenses, he found creative ways to do assignments and prepare for tests without prescribed text books.

‘I remember I didn’t have funds to buy books and resorted to lecture slides and the books at the library reserve in order to survive academically.’

As President of the Central SRC, Mosana was determined to complete his degree and fulfil his leadership responsibilities. ‘Being a student leader compromises one’s social life or academic performance, it’s really up to the individual to choose which one they wish to sacrifice. In my case, I chose to sacrifice the social aspect.’

Mosana found time to explore his entrepreneurial side, and was part of the SIFE (rebranded Enactus) team that won the national championship title in 2011 and 2012.

He was also involved in other student organisations. ‘I’ve led the Black Management Forum Student Chapter at a branch and provincial level, and received the Most Progressive Leader award.’ Mosana was part of the Westville Local SRC in 2013, having served as the Residence Liaison Officer.

Mosana is grateful to have graduated. ‘It feels very good to finally get a degree,’ he said, acknowledging Jehovah and his parents, ‘The joy this degree brought on my family, more especially my parents, was very fulfilling and it was one of the best days in my life.

‘My greatest support came from my mother. She would call more than anybody else, and made sure I had everything I needed.’

‘Thanks to Jehova Jirah, the Lord who provides, I have finally completed and I am now enrolled for my honours degree.’

Mosana suggested that the University find ways to support student leaders and ensure they performed academically. ‘The SRC office is very demanding and in a number of cases, student leaders have to miss lectures to be able to attend meetings and vice-versa.’

Mosana plans to read for his PhD and has ambitions of influencing South African policy ‘especially with regards to procurement and building state capacity to own the means of production’.

He is also working towards being a farmer, a land developer and opening a supply chain consultancy business.

The University is pleased to announce the following SRC members have also graduated:

                                     

GRADUATE SRCS 2014/2015

Central SRC

Mr Dithobe Mosana

Mr Manyano Mpelane

Local SRC Pietermaritzburg Campus

Mr Mondli Desire Nkonzo

Mr Brian Wandile Ndlovu

Local SRC – Howard College

Mr Sanele Mthembu

Mr Vuyo Jali

Local SRC – Westville Campus

Mr Lukhanyo Mtshingana

GRADUATE SRC’S 2013/2014

Central SRC

Ms Nomfundo Andile Mngadi

Mr Goodman Machi

Local SRC - Edgewood Campus

Wanele Dlamini

Mr Mthokozisi Madlala

Mr Siyabonga Mtolo

Mr Ashkelon Govender

Mr Siyabonga Sithole

Local SRC – Pietermaritzburg

Mr Lungani Nhlenyama

Mr Mduduzi Frederick Zuma

Mr Siyabonga Angelcus Ngubane

Ms Lonolinamandla Letsoalo

Ms Phumza Nozuko Myingwa

Mr Innocent Razano

Local SRC – Howard College

Mr Zwane Nduduzo

Mr Thembinkosi Patrick Daemane

Mr Mandlokwazi Sithole

Local SRC – Westville Campus

Mr Senzosenkosi Innocent Kunene

Mr Lukhanyo Mtshingana

 

Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer


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