Student-run society with a cause

2018-06-06 06:00
CDA members from left: Philasande Mkhafane, Sesanele Mhlongo and Lamla Manqola. PHOTO: supplied

CDA members from left: Philasande Mkhafane, Sesanele Mhlongo and Lamla Manqola. PHOTO: supplied

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THE Community Development Association (CDA), which is a student-run society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is on the lookout for any kind of sponsorship or donation in order to continue making a difference in the lives of students all over.

The society, which operates on four of the five active campuses, focuses on raising social awareness on issues such as HIV/Aids and developing programmes which assist in helping and leading the youth.

The CDA has been hosting the Masakhane Youth Leadership Course (MYLC) since 2002 and this year will be the 17th year of existence for the course which seeks to uplift society by striving for success and greatness through comradeship.

“Since 2002 we have seen a huge increase in attendance for these programmes that we host.

Through these programmes we expose pupils to the university environment and help them with leadership skills that they will need in life and in university,” said the CEO of the Pietermaritzburg branch Philasande Mkhafane.

Mkhafane said that the workshops and programmes that they run to assist students are not cheap and that they could use any help they can get to keep the initiative going.

This year’s MYLC will be held at the Edgewood Campus from July 8 to July 14, and Mkhafane said that the six-day programme welcomes any donations possible.

“In these programmes we have various influential guest speakers who address the pupils.

We also hosts various games and activities which get the pupils involved and interacting with one another,” said Mkhafane.

Sesanele Mhlongo, a student and deputy CEO of admin in the CDA, said that having come from an underprivileged background she fully stands behind the CDA and emphasised the importance of the organisation.

“Having come from a disadvantaged background, when I came here a friend introduced me to the CDA and after seeing just how helpful they can be I decided to join because I wanted to also make a difference and help out,” said Mhlongo.

With various other campaigns held throughout the year, student and deputy CEO of operations for the CDA, Lamla Manqola said that once the events/programmes are finished their work does not stop.

“We collect data from the schools involved in this. We check if there has been a significant impact on the behaviour of the pupils and we observe what improvements have been made,” said Manqola.

Anyone looking to donate or help the cause can contact Mkhafane at 078 362 3563.

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