UKZN student leaders who graduated during the April Graduation ceremonies were honoured for their achievements during an inaugural UKZN student leadership Graduation celebration on the Westville campus.

Master of Ceremonies and one of the achievers, Mr Mnikeni Phakathi, reminded the audience of the objectives of student leadership.

Executive Director: Student Services, Dr Sibusiso Chalufu, was impressed by the high standard of the event, telling students they had set the tone for future ceremonies.

Chalufu said the University had a rich history in terms of student leadership with a number of former student leaders excelling in society.

He was happy to see leaders were not only assisting students, but excelling academically as well, adding that the importance of student leaders needed to be highlighted so the University produced leaders who were innovative and socially responsible.

UKZN Registrar, Professor Jane Meyerowitz, said a highlight for her at Graduation was seeing student leaders receive their degrees. She said success needed to be acknowledged and she wished the students well in their achievements expressing the hope they contributed to the knowledge and economy of the country.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Professor Renuka Vithal, said the event was a wonderful and long overdue idea. She thanked the leaders for providing their leadership skills to fellow students, saying the University acknowledges the sacrifices student leaders make.

Central SRC President, Mr Thembani Khumalo – one of the graduates - thanked the office of student services for the event. He urged other leaders to further their studies and to contribute to the University.

Khumalo said students should do research around topics that affected them and have their work published so that everywhere they went they could bring change.

‘We must mentor young student leaders as we progress in life. Make sure you are exemplary to the young students coming up,’ he said.  

All the student leaders who graduated this year are currently studying towards their post graduate degrees.  They are: Mr Saneliso Sithole, Mr Nduduzo Msibi, Mr Keith Mazivisa, Mr Siyabonga Khumalo, Ms Sibongile Mncube, Mr Sifiso Gumede, Mr Eketsang Diaho, Mr Wiseman Khumalo, Mr Sithabiso Mthethwa, Mr Thandanani Nsele, Mr Khangelani Kubheka, Ms Thokoza Makhathini, Mr Thandolwakhe Katamzi, Ms Zanele Hlophe, Mr Siqiniseko Shezi, Ms Nontokozo Buthelezi, Ms Pearl Lugoma, Ms Nombulelo Dlamini, Mr Siyabonga Nkontwana, Mr Bhekithemba Dlamini and Mr Sandile Ngcobo.
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