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There is new student mayor in town following a learners’ citizenship summit. Students from various high schools spent the weekend bonding and campaigning.
THE newly elected Joburg Student Council executive committee begins its term with a promise of a fruitful year in office.


Learners from schools around Johannesburg attend the Learners SummitStudents from schools around Johannesburg at the Citizenship Learners' SummitThey were elected on 14 March during the Citizenship Learners’ Summit at Konka Camp in Magaliesberg. In all, more than 150 learners from several Joburg high schools participated in the camp and the elections, in which the council leaders were voted in for the 2011/2012 year.

The student council promotes the views and interest of learners in Joburg by engaging the City on matters that concern them.

“We are going to work together to identify the challenges that are faced by learners in Joburg. One of our major focuses is to bring improvements in terms of academic activities by creating debating forums, where students will be granted a platform to voice their concerns,” said the newly elected student mayor, Triston Marot.

“We will ensure that all portfolios serve their purpose, so that we can make the 2011/12 council the best ever.”


The new Joburg Student Council executive committee members are:

Mayor – Triston Marot
Speaker – Nandi Ngwaba
Deputy speaker – Caleb Vaughan
Mayor of legislation – Taylene Saal
Deputy mayor of administration – Marushka Forbay
Chairperson of environment – Reshoketswe Chepope
Chairperson of youth and student affairs – Lethokhuhle Nene
Chairperson of safety – Tshepo Debele
Chairperson of health – Sean Philip Fourie
Chairperson of economic development – Natasche Daniels
The elections were run professionally like any other poll, and were facilitated by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Before voting, the students learned about electoral procedures and the processes to be followed for election campaigns.

Giving a report on the elections, an IEC democracy specialist, Michael Makobe, said the students understood what was expected of them, as they staged their campaigning strategies and manifesto presentations professionally in line with IEC regulations.


Students had a chance to learn more about African HeritageStudents had a chance to learn about African heritageAlso present were representatives of the Johannesburg Development Agency, National Youth Development Agency, Academic Citizenship Economic Development Centre, Youth for Human Rights and June 16 Foundation, who spoke about their services.