Twelve new Botho University Student Representative Council (SRC) members were sworn in into office this week.
Some of the students who took the oath included the new universityâ€™s president Tsâ€™epo Tsâ€™oane, Vice President Phuthang Mohlakoana and the Minister of Finance Motseki Jane.
Speaking at the inauguration, the University Dean Dr Abhishek Ranjan said all students should see the importance of being members of the SRC and that they should focus on being future graduates of Botho University.
He said they should aim higher and dream of not only getting hired after graduating but to also be entrepreneurs who will in future contribute to the countryâ€™s economy.
â€œStudents must see the importance of being SRC members so that they are future leaders and entrepreneurs who will contribute to the countryâ€™s economy,â€ Ranjan said.
Guest Speaker Selimo Thabane indicated that leadership comes from a young age saying if one portrays signs of corruption while young then they will also make a corrupted leader in the future.
â€œIf we can have corrupt leaders at this level, that means even in the future we are still going to have corrupt leaders for this country,â€ Thabane said.
He said the SRCâ€™s mandate is to push for policies that are not student bias while still ensuring that studentâ€™s concerns are dealt with and solved.
He said they should be wary of the decisions they take on a daily basis as that will determine ones future.
â€œThe decisions that one takes on their daily life at school will determine their future regardless of whether they come from a rich or poor background,â€ Thabane said.
For his part, the newly elected President of the SRC Tsâ€™oane thanked the outgoing council for the wonderful work they have done during their tenure.
He said he knows that the walk ahead of them might be tough and lengthy but â€œâ€¦I have hope that at the end we will see the light.
â€œWe promise to engage with relevant stakeholders, offices and authorities to make sure that our learning is smooth and our wellbeing is kept and respected while we are here,â€ Tsâ€™oane said.