year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 82



AIMING FOR
‘PRACTICAL
CHANGES’
Asanda Lobelo, the new president of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC),
brings a quiet confidence and an inner resolve to her role. The third-year BCom
student took the helm in October after the Economic Freedom Fighters Students
Command (EFFSC) secured a 51% victory in the 2018/19 SRC elections.
is curriculum change. Mental health
issues will remain pivotal, and genderbased violence will be a central issue
in their work.
The SRC has developed a five-pillar
programme, focusing on student
empowerment, worker empowerment,
academic success, organic diversity
and an Afrocentric environment.
“We want to bring meaning
into what is to be African,” explained
Lobelo.
“We need to give students a voice.
I also think the university needs to
realise that they don’t have all the
answers. Sometimes they just need
to listen ... That would help us in
working together for a stronger
and better UCT.”
Lobelo, who is the chairperson of the
EFFSC, topped the list for the highest
number of votes.
The SRC is the highest decisionmaking structure of student
governance and is elected annually.
The past few years have been
difficult for student governance, but
Lobelo said her team is embracing
their diversity.
“We want to open up forums of
debate and engagement, but also
to work towards making practical
changes at UCT ... We want to use
our differences to make a difference.”
The thread of transformation and
decolonisation will run through much
of what the council intends to do in
2019, she added. A recurring theme
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