WSU BUFFALO CITY CONVOCATION OPENING
The very first meeting of the Walter Sisulu University Buffalo City Convocation chapter resulted in critical introspection in favour of mobilizing and consolidating efforts of alumni.
Convocation is the name given to the university’s largest constituency, the alumni. The Buffalo City chapter aims at strengthening the university’s vision and objectives and also creating the advancement of WSU through funding and other means.
“The establishment of university chapters is never easy, like the one we are trying to build, but with the right amount of dedication and perseverance we are nothing but short of making a success out of it” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal, professor Rob Midgley.
Chosen to represent the Buffalo City Chapter were alumni Sandile Puti, Mongezi Mabece; Fundiswa Saffa; Khanyisa Mali and Mandisa Ngxekane all under the leadership of president of the university’s convocation Zincedile Tiya.
Midgley touched on major issues the university is facing and solutions that are in place to help improve the institution at all levels. The big elephant in all universities-fees-were the first to be tackled. He expressed how it is difficult and almost impossible for WSU to utter any words until the presidential fees commission finalises its report expected by the end of August.
The VC also said that the university is still dedicated to bringing change to outsourced workers, with almost half of the general staff already employed by WSU.
Tiya explained how they all aim to amplify the morale in students, have investors look into Walter Sisulu University, making the experience of university great again.
“Another drive behind the formation of the Buffalo City Chapter is bringing about a collective effort into furthering WSU and making it a landmark institution in the Eastern Cape”.
The convocation team is on mission forming convocation chapters across the Eastern Cape region and also major cities in the country like Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
By: Simo Cele