Students descended on UWC’s Main Hall on 19 March 2019 to join the entire Student Development and Support Division for SDS Day - a hive of activity with displays, exhibitions and information pamphlets under the theme, “Creating our future with SDS”.
The main purpose of the event was to give UWC students an equal opportunity to interact with all SDS Departments. The occasion was used to showcase a wide range of SDS services in support of students and create possibilities for partnerships as part of promoting a holistic student experience.
Professor Pamela Dube - Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Development and Support - highlighted the importance the annual event.
“I would like to thank everyone who has graced this occasion today, it shows that we are heading in the right direction and it’s a very important day for us. Because we always strive to do better than the previous year, and all the SDS departments play a vital role in making sure the SDS Day serves to remind all UWC students about the services on offer, and I’m happy that you took time to be part of this,” said Prof Dube.
Students responded positively, and former UWC Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian O’Connell graced the occasion, visiting stalls and interacting with students.
Prof. Dube and the SDS Directors interacted with students and responded to questions. A first-year student, Barbara Barros, studying towards her BEd said: “This is a great initiative by the DVC and an eye opener for me.”
The audience was entertained by the UWC Media Society and there were performances by Wanda Makhomo, Sibulele Mtiki, Sibulele Ntelbi, SLK, and Joel Adams.
Throughout the day the SDS team ran competitions and students won several prizes while learning about the entire SDS Division. The winners on the day from the lucky draw were Sinazo Ntsantsa, H Manciya, and W Konco. A curtain may have been drawn on the day’s proceedings, but many students took away a valuable experience, learning about how the Division always stands ready to support and engage students.