After 26 years of service to Stellenbosch University, Wayde Davidse who is a Senior Buyer at the Division for Purchasing and Provision Services has been chosen as the new representative of professional administrative support staff on the SU Council.
“It is indeed a great honour to serve on the SU council and represent staff. I will do my utmost best to use the institutional knowledge that I have gained over the past 26 years in the best interest of this great institution I am privileged to be part of,” says Davidse.
He adds that his experience of working as a technical assistant for twelve years at the university’s Printing and Binding Department gives him an idea of what the issues are among support staff members at SU.
A father and husband, Davidse described the feeling of joy and excitement on the day two staff members approached him to say they would like to nominate him as their representative: “There had always been a need for me to become involved, because I like to voice an opinion on how people should be treated equally regardless of their titles and job grades.”
Davidse said he wouldn’t have known these issues existed had he not started out as an assistant all those years ago. “I have seen both worlds. Unlike other institutions, trade unions do not operate at SU, which makes it difficult for staff members to communicate their needs to decision-makers in the boardrooms.”
As one of the concerns he would like to tackle first and bring to the attention of decision-makers at SU council meetings, Davidse noted issues such as people working in the same positions for over twenty years with no growth and no skills development.
“In my position on the SU Council I would like to influence change by meeting regularly with the people I will be representing and be the one to communicate their needs to Council. I want this great university to eventually shake off the image of a ‘white Afrikaner university’ and its past connection with the apartheid government,” says Davidse.
His love for education and people is evident when you look at his personal interests and community involvement, which includes being the chairman of the Spes Bona Cricket Club in Cloetesville, as well as Spes Bona Cricket for the Blind.
This all-rounded family man, who spends most of his time with his family and enjoys playing golf and watching rugby, was also the recipient of the Cloetesville Sports Star of the Year award in 2000.
Apart from doing his job, community involvement and this new exciting role, Davidse also serves as the secretary of the Universities Institutional Forum, executive committee member of the Maties Staff Forum, and member of the Employment Equity Advisory Committee.
“We have a responsibility to the next generation, to guide them and to give them all the support and opportunities to prepare them for one day when they have to take over the reign. So, my son motivates me to do better and to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be. Because that is what I want for him, and I have to lead by example.”
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