2015

Student Representative Report

False Bay College strives to develop and nurture the raw talents of students and through the initiatives of our Student Representative Council (SRC) representatives we have successfully carried our events in 2014. These events showcased our students’ hard work and commitment to the community and inculcated a sense of pride in our college.

We would like to thank all SRC members and the students of False Bay College for their ongoing support.

Certificates of Exemplary Leadership and Community served as acknowledgement of the important contributions made, and the newly nominated 2015 Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons were duly welcomed.

Mandela 27 Project

The replica of former president Nelson Mandela’s prison cell was constructed at the Westlake Campus. The project was launched at two special events hosted by the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain campuses. Here, three surviving Rivonia Trialists shared their experiences of imprisonment on Robben Island, inspiring students in the wake of these stories.

Sustaining Leadership

Five of the 2014 SRC members were re-elected to the 2015 SRC. This ensures that the continuity of student leadership is achieved and indicative of how the student body attests to the effective and accountable governance of the SRC.

External Meetings

Parliament Portfolio Meeting

The SRC President and Vice president attended the meeting with Mr. Kruger and Council members. At this meeting the SRC president and Vice President raised the challenges that arose from the new bursary guidelines i.e. the safety of students, transport allowances, attendance, and the effects these new changes will have on students.

Safety and Security Cluster Meeting

A Safety and Security Cluster Meeting was held at the Khayelitsha campus. Members present at this meeting were representatives from the Khayelitsha Development Forum, South African Police Services, SRC, Neighbourhood Watch and the management of False Bay College.

We discussed the safety and security of students who travel to and from the Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha campuses.

  • It was decided that a Neighbourhood Watch be formed, comprising unemployed community members.
  • The aim is to patrol the hot spot areas and protect students on their way to and from College.

The SRC has seen positive changes at the Khayelitsha Campus and a decrease in the number of student complaints concerning robberies.

SRC Meeting with the DHET National and Regional Office Representatives

SASCO, Khayelitsha Development Forum and College Council members were present at this meeting. The DHET representatives provided feedback to our request to cancel the 10km radius policy that was put in place. They explained that policies are reviewed annually and a budget was already set for the transport allowance for 2014. The DHET plans to fund as many students as they can afford to.

Training and Collaboration

SRC & LRC Leadership Workshop

The Marketing Department initiated this programme with assistance from the SRC, SSS and College Council members. The leadership workshop was held for student leaders from schools and the College. This was intended to 1) increase the interaction between learners and students 2) encourage peer-to-peer learning 3) promote dialogue on leadership issues.

SRC Training Dora Ella

Twenty (20) SRC members completed the Dora Ella Leadership training.

Financial Aid

Bursary Appeals Committee

Ludmilla Slade and Thamsanqa Ntsendwana, SRC Exec Bursary Committee Members, attended the event. Malwande Sthandathu and Thandiswa Manono were the additional elected student representatives of the Khayelitsha campus.

2014 Bursary Guidelines

The 2014 bursary guidelines were reviewed by the SRC. We submitted a detailed report together with management to review these guidelines. Posters and pamphlets highlighting the important transport criteria were placed at strategic areas on the campuses.

Projects

Khayelitsha Campus:

Academic Intervention

Siyamthanda Tuba, an IT Level 4 student, tutored level, 2, 3 and 4 students in ISD and Electronics after school and on weekends. Study groups came to college during the school holidays, and the LOC was opened from 9:00 till 15:30.

Blood Donation Drive

The Khayelitsha Campus made headlines when the WC Blood transfusion Service spoke to the Level 3s during the LO Health and Wellness day on the importance of blood donation. About 90 students registered as blood donors.

The De La Rey Community Award was bestowed by the WCBTS, a trophy presented to an organisation or group that actively recruits and educates the community on blood donation.

Mitchell’s Plain Campus:

Fun Day

Various activities were arranged, including Zumba and aerobics, the latter which was facilitated by one of our students. The event opened with a soccer game that sparked particular interest because of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil. We also used ice-breakers to ensure that our students get to know each other and work together to maximize their College experience.

Food Drive

MOT Courage to Care Food Drive: Monday’s Money was a theme to support the collection of money allocated to Monday, and the Food Drive was held every Tuesday and Thursday.

Muizenberg Campus:

Animal Charities

Support a Pet Drive and voluntary work at TEARS took place on Mandela Day 18 July 2014.

We were given a gift card to the value of R1000 by Pick ‘n Pay and used it to buy dog, cat and bird food.

Notices for pet food donations and volunteer assistance were posted a month before the Tears visit. The organisation was grateful for our gifts and we enjoyed handing out some biscuit treats to the pets.

Tears offered us a tour of their premises and we were provided with an overview of the history of some of the animals. We emerged with tears in our eyes. It was 67 minutes well spent.

Cook-Off Competition

The Cook-off Competition was a great success and ably assisted by some of the staff. The panel of judges hailed from a range of newspapers and magazines. Hospitality students were given a chance to showcase their artistic abilities and mingle with the whole campus at the Cook off in August. Level 2, 3, 4 and N5 took part in the competition. The cook off was hosted at Duisenberg Campus and 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Prizes were awarded to recipients including a Lindt course, recipe book and high tea, amongst others.

Talent Show

The Funky Fresh talent show was hosted on the same day as the Cook Off Challenge showcasing the creativity of the False Bay College students.

Westlake Campus:

Diversity

Our campus project focused on Diversity and was held in conjunction with the Level 3 project awareness day. During this time, we were able to showcase our posters and talk to students about our project and the diversity of cultural traditions and practices that exist.

Feedem catering services at Westlake campus donated soup to the students and the SRC were responsible for the distribution of soup vouchers.

Mandela Day and Dare to Care Campaign

We also arranged activities linking Mandela Day and the Dare to Care campaign and collected food donations, clothing, toys, blankets and baby accessories. This was given to a daycare facility in the Westlake community. The donations were delivered on Friday 1 August 2014.

Fish Hoek Campus:

The SRC was involved in all activities held at the campus including, Orientation, MOT sessions and the Dare to Care Campaign. A sports fun day generated fun for those that took part in the soccer, netball and fun activities in the hall.

By Bonga Plaaitjies (False Bay College 2014 SRC President) and Hazel Mbombo (False Bay College 2014 SRC Vice President)

 

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Bonga Plaaitjies (False Bay College 2014 SRC President) and Hazel Mbombo (False Bay College 2014 SRC Vice President).