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20/07/2016

I aspire to inspire, before I expire. Inspire me.
 
These words by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Law student and poet Romeo Phekana set the tone for the recent third annual Vice-Chancellor’s Societies’ Breakfast as both the Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Sibongile Muthwa and the new Dean of Students Luthando Jack addressed the institution’s society leaders.

HAPPY TO BE THERE ... Also in attendance was Societies Officer, Yanga Lusasa (second from left) pictured here with three student leaders.

Both encouraged the students representing the 90-plus societies at NMMU to be effective but authentic in their leadership.

“Service to humanity is the pinnacle of leadership,” Dr Muthwa told students at the new-format breakfast at the University’s Chancellor’s room on South Campus.

“We are proud of what our students do because it often goes beyond your studies.”

Her encouraging words, alongside the realities presently facing the higher education sector and the country generally, were complemented by those of Mr Jack, who gave his first official speech after joining NMMU on 1 July.    

Mr Jack said he looked forward to partnering with NMMU on the “exciting transformation journey together”.

“You are change agents of your own development. Societies are incubators for leadership. Societies act as scaffolds for leadership development within the university.”

As such, Mr Jack proposes a four-E approach in support of a students’ development. These are:

  • Engagement. It is important to engage with management and others.
  • Empowerment. This is a key driver for change – the importance of driving change.
  • Enabling environment. The University should support development. However, students should always remember that they are agents of their own development.
  • Exposure. It is important to expose students to new ways of doing things; new technologies and the like.

Apart from the talks and the poetry sharing, guests were treated to the dulcet tones of Law student Asithandile Khewana. The audience also handed over a donation to the Trailblazing campaign for students who have been unable to complete their qualifications because of a lack of funding.

Acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sibongile Muthwa shared empowering words at the societies breakfast recently held at the University's Chancellor's room on South Campus.

Contact information
Mrs Debbie Derry
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel: 041 504 3057
debbie.derry@nmmu.ac.za