| Doc Nhassengo (DUT), Sibusiso Chalufu (UKZN), Saloschini Pillay (UKZN), Crain Soudien (UCT), Llewellyn MacMaster (US) and Laetitia Permall (UWC) |
Welcome Message from the President
| Dr. Saloschini Pillay |
On behalf of the SAFSAS Conference Organizing Committee, I have great pleasure in welcoming you to the Inaugural SAFSAS Conference, from 4 to 6 August 2014. It is our privilege to have you join us in the Kingdom of the Zulu, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
The Southern African Federation for Student Affairs and Services (SAFSAS) was established on 25 October 2012 in Mangaung, Bloemfontein. The formation of this body was initiated by the Department of Higher Education and Training in September 2007, "to explore the feasibility of a single Higher Education Student Services Practitioner’s body and the establishment of a common understanding on quality student development and support."
The launch of SAFSAS in Mangaung in 2012 is a historic event for Student Affairs and Services Associations and its practitioners. SAFSAS hopes to strengthen collaboration between stakeholders within the Higher and Further Education and Training sector, so as to enhance our contribution towards student support, development and success.
The 2014 inaugural SAFSAS conference will provide a platform, where key role players will discuss the latest developments in student support and services, including inviting insightful key note speakers, exploring relevant case studies and sharing research findings and skills among its members. The conference will also provide hands on learning and the opportunity to network and discuss critical challenges and opportunities.
We hope that the fruitful exchange of ideas and the forging of collaborative endeavours lead to forward looking strategies and solutions for Student Affairs and Services in Southern Africa.
With Best Wishes
Dr Saloschini Pillay
Conference Chair: Southern African Federation for Student Affairs and Services Executive Member: Southern African Association for Counselling and Development in Higher Education