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Thursday, 19 April 2018

SRC President beats sickness to obtain degree

LEADERSHIP: Central SRC President, Phathindwe Mncamase, defied sickness and student unrests to obtain his BTech degree in Project Management LEADERSHIP: Central SRC President, Phathindwe Mncamase, defied sickness and student unrests to obtain his BTech degree in Project Management

The Central SRC President defied sickness and student unrests to obtain his degree.

Phathindwe Mncamase, 26, graduated with a BTech degree in Project Management during yesterday afternoon’s graduation ceremony after surviving temporary paralysis.

Early last year Pat, as he is affectionately known among his peers, suffered a sickness which left both his legs paralysed for two months. He says doctors could not diagnose his medical condition and he had to go back to his home to be cured by a traditional healer.

Following a successful tenure as the Bellville Local SRC chairperson, he became the Central SRC President in 2016.

“In 2017, I graduated on record time despite the problems the institution was facing and the time I spent attending numerous meetings trying to find solutions to the #feesmustfall crises.”

In the same year, Pat enrolled for his degree after obtaining his diploma regardless of all the time he lost to meetings of the university’s council and management committees of which he is a member.

“To date, I am proud to say I have travelled thus far without having a fail on my academic transcript.”

He adds that he never forgot why he came to CPUT and to that effect he managed his time to the best of his ability as well as prayed regularly.

“It is fine to participate in extra-mural activities but keep your head up, because you are here to get a qualification and develop yourself.”

He is in the process of enrolling towards a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is also acting as president of the interim SRC.

CPUT requires that SRC candidates should be students who obtain an average of at least 65% and this rule was implemented in the year when Pat was elected as the Bellville Local SRC’s chairperson.

“I am proud to call myself the SRC of 65%, because when I ran for the SRC this requirement applied.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.