Vaal University of Technology SRC elected

Both parties contesting were singing and chanting outside the campus.

The Bulletin Newspaper

Vaal University of Technology (VUT) held their Student Representative Council elections on Wednesday, 27 September. The positions were contested by the EFF and Sasco.
Both parties contesting were singing and chanting outside the campus. When asked how the EFF can make a difference, Nandi Klaas from the EFF Student command stated that they stand for free education. They are also requesting that they be given the same monetary values as the other campuses. Their fees are the same as other universities, but they still pay for items that other students receive for free.
Nandi also states that if the EFF wins, they will lobby businesses to build a permanent university as VUT is only renting the premises. Nandi also says that the learning environment is not conducive to learning, there are many challenges, such as a shortage of lecturers. The EFF also wants the full-time students to attend classes during the day and not at night. Nandi also states that Sasco has been leading the SRC for years and there is no change.
Sipho Mhlangu, regional secretary of Sasco, says Sasco represents students from all walks of life. Mhlangu says that VUT students also deserve to study in an environment that is conducive to good learning. Sasco wants to see transformation in VUT as a company. VUT main campus is always developing, but VUT Secunda is left behind in terms of development, as well as equipment that students need. For example, students in the engineering faculty must buy components from the university, but the registration fees and subject levies covers all that. At the main campus students receive these items for free.
Sasco says that they have learned from their mistakes and believe that communication with the students are most important.
The EFF won all the positions at the Secunda campus, as well as all 16 positions at the Main campus in Vanderbijlpark.
The new chairperson at the Secunda campus is Andile Ndlovu.


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