A YOUNG man born and raised in these parts, JC Landman, has been recognised by the University of Stellenbosch for his achievements in student leadership.
JC, son of Dos and Sandra Landman, matriculated from Hoërskool Hangklip in 2012 with an A aggregate and was head boy in his matric year. He was always keen on cultural activities – music in particular – and taught himself to play.
Since being at Stellenbosch, he has taken to wine tasting and revels in all aspects of student life.
After school, he immediately enrolled at Stellenbosch and obtained a BA (Law) degree in 2015. This year he is completing a BA (Hons) in philosophy and in February next year will start study for a master’s in philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.
During his undergraduate years, he served as a student leader in many spheres, including being an executive member of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and the rector’s management team. He also served as a member of the university’s Senate. His portfolio on the SRC was that of Student Success, which largely dealt with student fees and the support of financially needy students.
“My career as a student leader at Stellenbosch University covers a multiplicity of fields, including leadership roles in academics, residences and the greater campus community. In my first year I was elected as the class representative of the Faculty of Law, which I consider to be the start of my commitment to serving the students of Stellenbosch University.
“I was then elected to the Juridical Society, while also being a mentor and fulfilling other roles in my residence, Metanoia. I had always been interested in the greater questions of the Student Union and this encouraged me to run in the open election for SRC in my second year, 2014. My tenure on the SRC has taught me a great deal about serving students, as I have represented campus on more than 20 standing committees.
“My greatest contribution has to be the R10.7-million negotiation I was involved with during the NSFAS-crisis of 2015, during which our team ensured that more than 150 students could register to study at SU.”
All this commitment to student affairs has resulted in JC being awarded The Rector’s Award for Excellent Achievement in Leadership, which is the highest tribute by Stellenbosch University to a student for achievement in student leadership.
It is awarded at the annual corporate prestige event where the highest achievers in academics, sport, culture, community interaction, service provision and leadership are honoured.
The criteria upon which this accolade is based is the student’s place in and importance to the student union (with special reference to versatility in leadership), character of leadership, academic achievement and other relevant achievements while being a student at the university. Students should be in at least their fourth year of study or a recent graduate of SU.
JC will be home soon on vacation.