Daily Dispatch editor-in-chief Bongani Siqoko has challenged WSU graduands two days after national elections to lend a hand in fighting the scourge of corruption threatening to reverse the democratic gains made by the country over the past 20 years.
Siqoko sounded this appeal to graduands during the first day of the University’s graduation ceremony which kicked off at the Abbotsford Christian Centre on 9 May in East London.
“Graduands, this country needs men and women who’re willing to lay down their lives in an attempt to defend the gains of our revolution and fight against the reversal of those gains.
“The labour market you will enter, or which you may already have joined since finishing your studies, is a space characterised by a collapse of social values. These values have been replaced by notion that what is good is what serves my individual material interest and pleasure,” said Siqoko.
To this end, Siqoko challenged students to pose some pertinent questions as they embark on a journey into the labour market.
He said graduands need to ask what they need to do to rebuild a system of ethics and morality in the country.
“You also need to ask what you must do to ensure that WSU continues to be an incubator of the country’s business giants and a centre for the promotion of good business ethics, rule of law and excellence,” said Siqoko.
In his address, Interim Vice Chancellor Prof Khaya Mfenyana also sensitised the audience about the University’s dynamic, new trajectory which is informed by the University’s Turnaround Strategy.
“A new Institutional Management Committee is in place; our 2014 SRC elections were successfully completed and on 23 April a new Council was inducted. We are indeed moving in the right direction,” said Mfenyana.
He said the University’s new divisional governance and management system provides an opportunity for each of the University’s four campuses in Mthatha, Butterworth, East London and Queenstown to find their respective niche areas and become viable and entrepreneurial business units, offering the qualifications and skills in demand for their particular communities.
“Our campuses will each be headed by a campus rector with staff reporting at campus level whilst the unitary institutional executive will oversee policy and strategy for the University,” said Mfenyana.
The University’s new Statute, gazetted in January this year, was also a cast under the spotlight.
He said the University is busy implementing innovative strategies to govern a geographically widespread and complex institution.
Buffalo City campus president Misheck Mugabe said young people venturing in the world of the labour market must participate in healing the wounds of a society ravaged by an “unjust system” bedevilled by unjust practices.
“Our students, armed with ethical values, their sense of social responsibility and their newly-acquired qualifications, must root out corrupt practices that exist in our society,” said Mugabe.
He said students must seek to work as a collective in assisting and building the country through community-based projects that will create sustainable job opportunities for the betterment of society.
University spokeswoman Angela Church that graduation season is a highlight on the university calendar.
“Witnessing our students’ graduation gives our staff a sense of pride in the work we do daily and our undergraduates are inspired to continue pursuing their own success,” she commented.