Student Affairs

Welcome

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University Student Affairs webpage. Thank you for affording our university the opportunity to contribute to your personal, social and career development through our array of academic and support programs that are on offer on our  University. We recognize the fact that it may be your first experience of university life hence we advise you to give your studies first priority.
By participating in the myriad activities and programs organized under the auspices of departments within Student Affairs, you will no doubt find your university experience rewarding and enriching. These activities enhance your life at university and also give you the rare opportunity of interacting with friends and peers even outside the academic environment. In this way, you will be better prepared for the life challenges.
Make sure that you are conversant with the many academic and non-academic policies, rules, codes and regulations that govern your stay on campus. Don’t wait until you probably find yourself on the wrong side of the rules at the institution. Start very early to know how student behaviour is being regulated so that you can enjoy your freedom. Should you go through a rough patch in life, don’t hesitate to walk into any of the offices within Student Affairs for appropriate help and /or intervention.
Student Affairs is comprised of the following departments:

  • Centre for Student Counselling and Development
  • Campus Health and Wellness
  • Student Residences and catering
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Diversity and Advocacy(International Office)
  • Student life and Governance

These departments are managed by adequately qualified staff members who will offer you appropriate guidance and support. Should it be that for some reason the challenge you would be facing remains unresolved, you be referred to some specialist who will help you.
University environment can be very hostile and strange. This can often make you feel lonely and homesick. The extent to which you choose friends and participate in social activities will determine whether you will experience university positively or not. You are advised to choose friends that will help you to stay focused and not detract you from your studies. Make sure that you manage your time effectively and build into your plan enough time for relaxation and socialization. Exercise your right to belong to a student grouping of your choice and be active in its programs. The nature of the student grouping can be political, social, academic and even religious. In this way you will also develop people skills that can be transferable to many other environments in life.
On behalf of staff and student leaders at Student Affairs, I wish you a fruitful academic career at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Feel free to browse websites of the departments constituting Student Affairs for more information on the services and programs they offer.

Enquiries: 012 521 3742
Office: Room S 530
Clinical Pathology Building
Sefako Makgatho Health Science University

 

Student Affairs Contact Numbers

Student Affairs is comprised of the following departments:

  • Advocacy and Diversity Division – Tel: 012 521 5834
  • Campus Health and Wellness Centre – Tel: 012 521 5735 / 4713
  • Centre for Student Counselling & Development – Tel: 012 521 3786
  • Sport and Recreation – Tel: 012 521 3858 / 4185
  • Student Life and Governance – Tel: 012 521 5836
  • Student Residences and Catering – Tel: 012 521 3742
  • Student Support Referral System, Contact – Tel: 012 521 3805
Campus Health

About Us (overview)

Campus Health and Wellness Centre, a department under student affairs   offers services mainly to students and assist staff members in cases of emergency, free of charge.

Services Rendered

  • Minor Ailment treatment
  • HIV counselling, testing and management
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • First Aid
  • Health promotion through peer education programme (Crayon Society)

Current Projects

NA

Staff Members

Dr M.P Mathebula Clinic Doctor 5714 matsontso.mathebula@smu.ac.za
Sr S.J.  Mokono Assistant Manager 4713 selokela.mokono@smu.ac.za
Sr  M.S  Meselane Prof. Nurse 3802 seipati.meselane@smu.ac.za
Sr  M.T  Seema Prof. Nurse 4336 mmabonno.seema@smu.ac.za
Ms J Mahlangu Secretary 5735 johannah.mahlangu@smu.ac.za
Mr J Diale Principal Lab Assistant 5735 justinus.diale@smu.ac.za
Ms N.S  Leballo HIV/AIDS Officer 4991 silvia.leballo@smu.ac.za
Ms K.A  Nonkwelo Health Promoter 3399 kelebogile.nonkwelo@smu.ac.za

Contact Us 

5735 – Natural Sciences Building Basement  next to Van Schaik Bookshop

Emergency Numbers

6135/6021 – Ambulance Service 4139/6278

Any Additional Information

Operational Hours: Monday to Friday 08H00  to 16H00

After Hours contact EMS   4139/6278

All services free of charge

 

 

Social Work Services

About Us (overview)

The SMU Social work office is a newly established office led by a qualified social worker with enough experience to address various social issues affecting students. The office’s objective includes but not limited to preventing possible factors which may lead to poor academic performance. Our office is willing to provide services to all clients without favour and prejudice. We are currently based at clinical pathology building, floor 5, in particular room S531. We have a good working relationship with clinical and educational psychology sections.

Services Rendered

  • Basic counselling, development of coping mechanisms and or stress management
  • Social relief of distress (food security)
  • Crisis management
  • Direct therapeutic services
  • Conducting psychosocial assessments
  • Debriefing (individuals and groups)
  • Assist students with court preparations
  • Assessing student with substance abuse problems, suicidal and similar issues.

Current Projects

  • Food security project: addressing the food insecurity problem within the campus.
  • Pad drive project

Staff Members

Mr. Malesa KJ

Contact Us 

012 521 4579 – Kgashane.malesa@smu.ac.za

Emergency Numbers

0838790697 (call and WhatsApp)

Any Additional Information

Our office is open from 7h30 till 16h00, however, students after 16h00 you are at liberty to communicate with the social worker via WhatsApp should a need arise. Students are requested to ensure that appointments are made to see the social worker.

 

Student Counselling

About Us (overview)

The Student Counselling Division is known as the Centre for Student Counselling and Development (CSCD). It provides students with guidance and counselling that is rendered by a registered educational psychologist. Guidance and counselling covers personal counselling and career counselling to ensure student academic success.

Services Rendered

Personal consultations: Student support is provided on a personal level to address the needs of individual students. These consultations include amongst others, relationship problems, bereavement, choosing a career and stress management.

Current Projects

Peer counsellor programme: as a way of enabling first entering students to relate to their peers with general challenges that they might be facing and equip senior students with life skills outside their academic curricula.

Staff Members

Fikile Nkabinde.  Educational Psychologist. Fikile.nkabinde@smu.ac.za +2712 521 3786

Contact Us 

Lindiwe Skhosana +2712 521 4229

Emergency Numbers

NA

Any Additional Information

NA

Sports and Recreation

About Us (overview)

The Sport and Recreation Department provides students, staff and members of the nearby community an opportunity to participate in sport and recreational activities. Our clubs affiliate and form part of national and community leagues.

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University Department of Sport and Recreation aims to:

  • Develop the potential of student-athletes through the implementation of an evidence-based high performance programme.
  • Develop student-athletes holistically through provision of an individualised academic support programme, including opportunities to engage with the broader community through participation in sport development projects.
  • Offer a variety of competitive club sport, and recreational opportunities.
  • Encourage all students and staff to participate in one or more of the sport, recreation and physical activity programmes.

Services Rendered

We offer facilities that encourage full participation in six indoor sport codes and seven sport codes. Our multipurpose hall also accommodates non-sporting activities. E.g. Music shows and cultural religious events.

Current Projects

  1. Revamping and refurbishment of sport facilities
  2. Establishment of soccer academy
  3. Sport recruitment drive
  4. Health awareness programmes and campaigns

Staff Members

Mr. J.K Semono

Mr. O.J Seitshiro

Mr. L.T Phetlhe

Ms. M.G Motshekga

Contact Us 

012 521 4185

Emergency Numbers

012 521 4184

Any Additional Information

Home of Aerobics Champions (USSA Champions 2014-2016), (FISAF 2016 Austria Finalists)

 

Residence and Catering

Staff members:

Name Residence Work Short no Email
Ms Lindi Rampa

 

  012 521 4308   lindi.rampa@smu.ca.za
Mrs V Thosago 1A 012 521 4013 -6253 violet.mojapelo@smu.ac.za
MS A.M Mokwena 5A and Med City 012 521 5939 -6355 agnes.mokwena@smu.ac.za
Ms P Lekoto Drie Lilies 079 732 5940 palesa.lekoto@smu.ac.za
Mr O Thekoane Drie Lilies 072 580 8982 obry.thekoane@smu.ac.za
Mr P.J Louw South Point 076 555 8921 -6250 james.louw@smu.ac.za
Ms M.N Vuma JST Rustenburg 079 519 9049 -6248 mnvuma@yahoo.com
Ms M.M Motau 2B 012 521 4694 -6254 mary.motau@smu.ac.za
Mr M.S Dunge

 

1D

 

012 521 5772 -6255 muziwandile.dunge@smu.ac.za
Ms L.M Skhosana Nurse Home GM 012 521 3786 lindiwe.skhosana@smu.ac.za
Ms M.D Matjeni 5B 012 521 4096 -6172 dorah.matjeni@smu.ac.za
Mr J Mnisi 1B and 1C 012 521 3996 -6174 joseph.mnisi@smu.ac.za
Ms J.D Mokoke Lost City 012 521 4727 -6173 joyce.mokoke@smu.ac.za
Mr S Maboa 4B 012 521 5653 -6050 sunnyboy.maboa@smu.ac.za
Mrs M Kupa Polokwane Res   mariakupa11@gmail.com

 Services rendered

  • Proof of residence for students
  • Washing machines and tumble dyers
  • Kitchen and stove
  • Cleaning services
  • Issuing of tissues every month
  • Maintenance (renovations, replacement of damage goods etc) in partner with technical services.
  • TV rooms for entertainment
  • Each residence has a security officer for safety
  • Attend to students problems

Student-related activities/Committees

  1. Activities
  • SMU I belong
  • Residence orientation
  • Ubuntu games
  • Bon fire
  • Green campus
  • SMU conversation
  • Ongoing orientation

Committees

  • House committee

Physical address: Clinical Pathology Building S530

University working hours:

Monday – Friday: 08h00 to 16h00

Additional information:

Important residence rules

  • No alcohol and substance abuse
  • No tampering with Fire Fighting Equipment
  • No illegal squatting in the residences
  • No  noise and parties in the residence halls
  • No vandalism
  • No illegal Trading

General information

  • Proof of residence can be obtained from your residence manager
  • Your postal address; your name, residence name, room number, P O Box 154 Medunsa
  • All junior students share rooms
  • If you need help contact your residence manager
  • Report repairs and maintenance of your room to residence manager

Safety at residence:

  • Report the loss of your key to your residence manager/ it can be replaced at a cost
  • Secure your valuables in a safe place
  • Report any suspicious persons to residence manager and security
  • Keep your door closed and locked, especially when you are sleeping or alone in the room.
  • Switch off appliances when not in use