The Southern African Federation for Students Affairs and Services draws on the mandate and the diversity of its affiliates to become a leading voice for Student Affairs and Services in Southern Africa, with commitment to the holistic education of students while integrating student life and learning communities


Our mission is to provide professional development of both the staff and students and increase research for student affairs departments within the Higher Education and FET sector of Southern Africa.

Core Values

SAFSAS in its entirety shall uphold, subscribe to, and live by, the following values and principles:

  • Diversity
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Ethical and reflective student affairs practices
  • Evidence-based policy positions
  • Professionalism
  • Freedom of expression with civility and self-discipline
  • Ongoing assessment of learning and professional performance (students' and our own)
  • Commitment towards service excellence pertaining to all our affiliates
  • Student responsibility and education for effective citizenship
  • Supporting and meeting the needs of students as individuals and in groups
  • Integrity
  • Democracy and application of democratic principles
  • Student-centeredness; and
  • Solidarity with the poor