26 May 2016 Volume :4 Issue :24

BAgric Students Elected to Represent Peers

BAgric Students Elected to Represent Peers
SRC members with Bhekisisa Majola (third from left), and Mr Siphiwo Majola (far right).

Two Bachelor of Agriculture (BAgric) students in UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), have been elected to two student representative bodies, one of them nationally.

Mr Bhekisisa Nxumalo was chosen as President of the Cedara Agricultural College Student Representative Council, and now represents students in the Association of Students in Agricultural Training Institutes (ASATI), while colleague Mr Siphiwo Majola was elected Cedara SRC Vice-President.

Nxumalo is also an integral part of Agri-Groomers, a Cedara and UKZN student-led group creating opportunities for learning, networking and participation in various aspects of the agricultural sector.

He said it was an honour to represent students on ASATI, describing the experience as a learning curve that has exposed him to complex challenges faced by students in agricultural training institutes, enabling him to be a problem-solver. ASATI lends valuable support to the Cedara SRC.

Nxumalo is one of 22 members of ASATI from the 11 agricultural colleges in South Africa.

Majola, driven by a love of nature, empowering rural farmers, and passion for speaking, writing and educating, says the BAgric programme has played an integral role in developing his inter-personal skills and capacity for patience, respect and humility - essential tools for a student representative.

‘I was inspired to run for the SRC by the trust given to me by Cedara students,’ said Majola. ‘Being in the SRC is challenging, yet exciting. It is a process of growth, and links well to the BAgric programme’s emphasis on being a leader.’

By employing good communication tactics, Majola hopes to restore hope to students regarding the functionality of their elected representative body.

Both representatives credit the BAgric programme for exposing them to different approaches to problem-solving, systems thinking and innovative leadership styles.

Christine Cuenod 

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