Developing Future Leaders
Student Governance and Leadership Development (SGLD) hosted an inaugural annual Winter Season Camp providing a programme designed for student leaders of clubs and societies at the University.
According to the acting Student Governance and Leadership Development Manager, Mr Muzomuhle Mhlongo, the programme was important for developing leadership qualities of students holding leadership positions at UKZN.
‘Student leadership qualities must be developed continuously within the University to ensure that when students go out into the world, they are able to be independent, responsible and fearless leaders in our communities,’ he said.
Dr Rose Laka-Mathebula, Executive Director: Student Services, opened the workshop by engaging students on ethical leadership. ‘The concept of ethical leadership has been a practice that many leaders have struggled with, yet, if practised consistently and adopted, it can be achieved,’ she said.
UKZN Central Student Representative Council President and Development Studies Master’s student, Sandile Zondi, said this was an important initiative to shape the thinking capacity of young leaders and prepare them to face and confront social ills.
Closing the event, SASCO member, Mr Nkosinathi Sotshantshi, who is reading for his Master’s in the School of Social Science, said he was extremely proud of the growth of UKZN as an institution, including programmes aimed at developing student leaders.
Words and photographs: Nokubonga Nomasiko Jele