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Leadership Lessons @ Lunch

The “Leadership Lessons @ Lunch” is a programme for student leaders that aims to provide brief, impactful sessions on a range of topics and skills areas.  The design and delivery of the programme acknowledges that time for student leaders is a scarce commodity and yet every moment is an opportunity to learn, reflect and grow. The notion of the “lesson” refers to the opportunity for learning in an interactive and experiential way. 

The Student Development Cluster in the Department of Student Affairs has arranged these sessions based on the feedback and requests from previous groups of student leaders. The aims of the sessions are to develop leadership competencies that complements the leadership journey of student leaders and other development programmes.  All students are welcome to attend the workshops. The sessions are focused on practical skills that are applicable for all students.

Overall Learning Outcomes

  • Preparing student leaders for their role in student leadership
  • Developing hard and soft skills of the office bearers of student organisations
  • Understanding how to operate as a student organisation within the UCT context
  • Developing an understanding of the principles of good governance and practice


The programme consists of 45-minute interactive presentations and questions and answer sessions.


Date, Time




Monday, 1 April

at 13h00

Effective Communication

Christine Immenga, Student Governance and Leadership Co-ordinator

Tuesday, 2 April at 13h00

Budgeting for a Student Organisation

Thabang Rakhwale, Finance Manager: Student Affairs

Wednesday, 3 April

at 13h00

Minutes and Agendas: Servicing an organisation.

Glynnis Newdigate, Writing Development Co-ordinator

Thursday, 4 April

at 13h00

Mental Health and Leadership: Managing stress

Thembakazi Makwakwa, Social Worker: Student Wellness Service

Monday, 8 April

at 13h00

Ethical Student Governance

Edwina Brooks, Director: Student Development

Tuesday, 9 April at 13h00

Managing Conflict

Francois Botha,
Relations Strategist, Office for Inclusivity & Change

Wednesday, 10 April at 13h00

Gender Based Violence

Rashieda Khan, Stream Leader: Survivor Support, Office for Inclusivity & Change

Thursday, 11 April

at 13h00

Student Treasury & university finance policies

Asanda Makumese, Student Funding & Administration

Tuesday, 23 April at 13h00

The Balancing Act

Siwe Toto, Chair Mentor Programme Planning, Health Science Faculty

Wednesday, 24 April

at 13h00


Stella Musungu, Stream Leader: Student Capacity Building, Office for Inclusivity & Change

Thursday, 25 April

at 13h00

Facilitating Critical Conversations

Carolyn Le Tang, Project Co-ordinator, Global Citizenship Programme

Monday, 29 April

at 13h00

Chairing a Meeting

Edwina Brooks, Director: Student Development

Tuesday, 30 April 

at 13h00

Social Media of Student Organisations

Manisha Govender, Head: Social Media, Communications & Marketing Department

Thursday, 2 May 

at 13h00


Building Relationships with Alumni

Libo Msengana-Bam, Head: Alumni Relations

Monday, 6 May

at 13h00


Social Responsiveness 

Sonwabo Ngcelwane,
Research and Development Co-ordinator 

Tuesday, 7 May 

at 13h00




Sidney van Heerden, Deputy Director: Head of Fundraising
and Distinguishing UCT Campaign

Thursday, 9 May at 13h00

Professional Writing

Dr Chao Mulenga, Senior Lecturer: Organisational Psychology

Monday, 13 May at 13h00

Building a Team

Ramabina Mahapa, SRC President 2014/5 

Tuesday, 14 May at 13h00

Careers Services and Student Organisations

Nawaal Boolay, Head: Employer Relations, Careers Service

Wednesday, 15 May at 13h00

Event Management 

Lindie Gayiza, Societies & Day House Co-ordinator 
























































Please see the full programme with learning outcomes for each session here. 

The venue for all sessions will be Hoerikwaggo Lecture Theatre 2.

For further information please contact Christine Immenga at and Lindie Gayiza at