STATE OF THE COLLEGE ADDRESS
Greetings to the College family. I am greatly honoured to speak to the College’s internal stakeholders at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated the whole world yet no recorded death of a student or staff member as a result of the cruel epidemic. My collective management and governance structures encourage all to continue obeying the regulations meant to combat the ugly disease.
The year 2021 inherited the ills of 2020 and started in an abnormal way with staggered return to work and return to College approaches. Rigorous planning had to be done to get the year up and running courtesy to the resilient College and Campus Management Teams. This short write-up is meant to provide a state of the College for all to be kept appraised.
Academic Performance: The College continues to show gradual improvement on its academic performance when comparing to previous years. In all the programmes there is an upward trajectory. On a national stage our improvement appears insignificant meaning that if we are to be a force to be reckoned with some business unusual strategies has to be designed and implemented.
Registration: The registration process occurred unhindered with the online application system getting implemented on a much bigger scale. The online registration did not match the same feat as with the online application, some work has to continue to perfect this aspect. The target of 7295 headcount registration target could not be achieved instead 6369 was registered, this amounts to 13% less but the next registration periods will make up for this shortage.
Pending results: The College has recorded the highest magnitude of pending results across all of its campuses. This is a regrettable experience and surely affected the overall performance of the College but more created a lot of anxiety to the students and the parents who expected outcomes from a year that is itself better be forgotten. The College Management sincerely apologise for this unfortunate situation but commits to investigate the causes and deal with any element of ignorance on the part of its employees if such is found to have been the cause. Our Academic Office is following this matter and will keep all updated. The outcomes of a mop-up by the department that took place on 23 March 2021 are still awaited and the next mop-up is said to be on 23 April 2021.
Delayed Payments of allowances: The payment of allowances has been delayed and our deserving students had been affected. This is another regrettable scenario. Over 3000 students had been declared and NSFAS indicated that our beneficiaries will get their allowances in April. At the time of this write-up, no specific date was declared.
Lack of SRC: The College was not able to elect the 2021 SRC in the last semester of 2020 as per its SRC Governance Constitution. Engagements with students through the various student formations had been ongoing and the technicalities around the Constitutional Review and the actual elections had been at the centre of the arguments. Ideally, the SRC must be in place by 31 March of each year but the College successfully negotiated for a grace period maximum to a month.
Most of the challenges faced thus far have external origins and are of reasonable substance to ignite unrest. The history of the College suggests that the unforeseen challenges would have caused significant turmoil at our Campuses but students contained themselves and where they got pushed they successfully avoided the temptation of destroying their own property. The College Management expresses their gratitude towards the maturity demonstrated by students during these provoking and tempting times.
Mr EM Mbuyane 26 March 2021