Students Organisation

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

We believe that the higher education sector in South Africa should be a place of inclusivity which ensures no student is left behind.

We anchor SRC governance and student politics in our vision of No Student Left Behind. Our policies which we have created from our visions speak to inclusiveness and the decolonisation institutions. Through implementing our main policies we believe that we can create One South Africa for All which stands for Freedom, Fairness, Opportunity and Diversity.

Position Policy: Gender

“In the workplace we need to make sure that men and women operate optimally. It is not only women that are oppressed by gender inequality, but men too. As a society we need to embrace diversity and allow people to be themselves. If a woman chooses to do a job that is traditionally perceived to be a man’s job, she should be allowed to do so. In the same way that the role of a woman expands in the workplace, the role of a man should expand in the kitchen.” Thuli Madonsela

Equality is required within gender and identification in order for all students to be represented, and for past gender discrimination to be address. Gender inequality has been institutionalised at the higher learning institutions of South Africa.

The Student Organisation believes that programs around should be implemented. The programs which the DA Student Organisation champions include:

  1. Promotion of women’s involvement in politics;
  2. Highlighting the success women achieved social & political change,
  3. Creating women representative spaces within DA Student Organisation branches; and
  4. Implementing strict sexual harassment policy within higher education institutions;

Position Policy: Accommodation

“Our land reform programme helps redress the injustices of apartheid. It fosters national reconciliation and stability… It also underpins economic growth and improves household welfare and food security.” – Nelson Mandela

Land is safety. Land is security. Land is accommodation! We believe that the redress within the accommodation sector is vital to giving our students safety, security and a new future. Accommodation is influenced by factors which include NSFAS pay-outs, lack of student accommodation, high cost of private accommodation and a system which is not working.

The Student Organisation wants to fix the system by:

  1. Changing the need for upfront accommodation payments for NSFAS students
  2. Advocating for more private-public enterprises around university accommodation
  3. Advocating for national regulation around student accommodation
  4. Advocating for accessible student accommodation

Position Policy: LGBTIQ+ Alliance

“We are all equal!” – Mmusi Maimane

We believe in institutions which are safe for students so that they can find themselves. Often tertiary institutions are the first places where we discover ourselves out of our homes. Fostering communities where we are safe to speak about our identities & sexual preference creates social future change in workplaces, and South African communities.

We believe that LGBTIQ+ communities require:

  1. Open spaces which are safe for identity & sexuality discussions;
  2. Gender neutral bathrooms; and
  3. Community sensitisation training;

Position Policy: Inclusion

“A PHD is not the end of education. Education exists even among the bees who feed their queen only with the purest” – Sahndra Fon Dufe

We believe that at institutions of higher learning we are able to foster national unity through education redress and inclusion. The Student Organisation has seen academic exclusion growing because of lack of quality tutors, exclusion entry requirements, institutions not filling vacant posts, lack of resources to purchase textbooks, unequal distribution of resources and lack of oversite.

To foster inclusion we believe that we could:

  1. Create a student relieve fund through the SRC;
  2. Vote for a student review board of lecturers;
  3. Advocate for extended hours at library & computer centres; and
  4. Change national policy around TVET funding & facilities to ensure equal opportunities between university & TVET students

Position Policy: Transport

“We want transport as reliable as running water” – Travis Kalanick

To be successful at what we do it is vital that we can travel seamlessly, effectively and at reasonable cost. We believe that the lack of adequate quality student transport your studies are more difficult. The Student Organisation would like national government intervene. It is important to the collective that we advocate for:

  1. A national transport subsidy for all students;
  2. Safe and secure transport halts; and
  3. Quality & timeous transport services;

DA Students’ Organisation Leadership

Students’ Organisation Leader

Mr Yusuf Cassim
DASOLeader@da.org.za

Students’ Organisation Chairperson

Ms Samantha Beynon
DASOChairperson@da.org.za

Chairperson of Campaigns & Strategy

Ms Nazley Sharif-Khan
DASOCampaigns@da.org.za

Chairperson of Media & Publicity

Mr Hlanganani Gumbi
DASOMedia@da.org.za

Students’ Organisation Support Team

Mr Xolile Chamani
xolilej@da.org.za
010 593 3020

 

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