EWC's First Female SRC Executive President!
While South Africa is divided on whether the country is ready for a woman
president, Zanele Mndaweni has ascended to the driving seat of the College’s
Student Representative Council. The twenty-one-year-old's climb to the
prestigious seat marked an end to the customary male domination in the history
of the College since its merger in 2003, to make her the first female Executive
SRC President. Ekurhuleni West TVET College is known for its progressive
transformation in terms of woman empowerment, as three out of four Executive
Managers are women.
|SRC Deputy President
Zanele, a Level 4 Finance student at Tembisa Campus, was elected on the 1st
of April by twenty four other representatives of the six college campuses at a
workshop, induction and elective conference. This was organized by the Student
Support Services and Academic Affairs offices, through an independent election
body. Zanele is flanked by three masculine lieutenants from Alberton, Boksburg
and Kathorus Campuses respectively, who took office as her Deputy, Secretary and
Treasurer. The remaining twenty members occupy portfolios in Community Service,
Events and Communications coordination and Sports, Arts, Culture and Social
coordination at campus level.
The newly elected 2017 President is a staunch believer in negotiation and
human development, especially for students. Evidence of that is her affiliation
with two student empowerment programmes at Tembisa Campus. One of these collects
academic books from previous students where there is a shortage, and the other
is a peer-support project, where students assist one another tutorially.
|Ms Priscilla Lehoko
"Gone are the days of gender stigma attached to leadership roles. We are a
new generation that embraces transformation in and across all spheres. A new era
should open doors for positive changes that desire to equip students with
relevant and current knowledge to allow them to reach greater heights. Our goal
is to influence a decline in violent student protests, as vandalism on
infrastructure is a setback to our future careers. Through negotiations with
stakeholders, we can successfully realize our mandate as the student
representative body," said Zanele.
According to the CET-ACT of 2006, the SRC has a responsibility to represent
students at the Academic Board and the College Council meetings, through its
President, and to represent students in all matters affecting them.
Acting Deputy Principal: Academic Affairs, Ms Priscilla Lehoko, described the
gathering as a platform to empower the SRC to be able to perform their duties
with confidence through knowledge shared in the sessions. The Deputy Principal
believes the SRC is part of Governance, therefore every TVET institution needs
their involvement in those issues
"This is also a session for students to identify their strengths so that the
election of the four SRC Executive members is conducted successfully, with
suitable leaders placed in suitable positions," said Ms Lehoko.
The workshop was focused on, amongst other things, Leadership,
Communications, Strategies and SRC Constitution.