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Postgraduate Health Sciences Student Council (PG HSSC)

Our mission | The 2018/2019 Committee | What we doFacilities available

The Postgraduate Health Sciences Student Council (PG HSSC) represents postgraduate students at the faculty level in the form of postgraduate councils and at the university level as an executive committee. These structures participate actively in various faculty and university decision-making bodies.

Our mission

Simply put, our mission as active members of the PG HSSC is to ensure that all the postgraduates that we represent have the most fulfilling time possible for the duration of their studies at the University of Cape Town. This means creating an environment in which collective concerns can be addressed, enabling us to have a say in the decisions made regarding our academic development, as well as creating a strong postgraduate community.


The 2018/2019 Committee


Nomfundo Sibiya Moses Isiagi Ruvimbo Chigwanda
Chairperson Vice chair (Executive) Vice Chair
Bahiah Meyer Lee Kruse Max Spies
Secretary Treasurer Head of Marketing
Nadine Kocerhan Temwani Chalwa Philip Dambisya 
Marketing Portfolio Head of Mac & Social Teaching & Learning Portfolio
Danica Sims Lillian Tuhumwire Melissa Murphy
Teaching & Learning Portfolio International Students Portfolio Social Responsiveness Portfolio
Sibongiseni Poswayo Monalisa Manhansva Bronte Davies
Social Responsiveness Portfolio Social Responsiveness Portfolio Social Responsiveness Portfolio
Darien Schell Olivia Wimberley Sinead Carse
Health & Safety Research Ethics Student Affairs
Smangele Malema Jamie Pillaye Paballo Mosala
Student Affairs Student Affairs Student Affairs
Ilyaas Amien Hana Faulds Iliana Boura
Honours Honours Honours

What we do

The PG HSSC continues to be the most active of the faculty councils within the university. Our activities include:

  • The Annual Postgraduate Welcome Function
  • Academic Networking Opportunities
  • Social Functions: MAC Pub Quiz
  • Interdepartmental Soccer Tournaments
  • Kareoke Evenings
  • Wine Tasting Evenings
  • Academic Workshops: Writing, referencing and funding workshops
  • Representation on Faculty and University committees such as: Faculty Board Animal Ethics Committee Human Research Ethics Committee The Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Addressing student issues by accessing the appropriate channels

Facilities available for Postgraduate Students.

  • Medical Alumni Club (MAC): Bar, braai and seminar facilities for postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff. This venue is available for private functions. Opening Times: Friday, 4pm-8pm.
  • Postgraduate Computer Centre: sponsored by MSD, this centre has 24 computers for use by postgraduate students at all times - swipe card access is provided for all postgraduate students registered within the faculty. 
  • Postgraduate Suite: Adjoined to the MAC, used for seminars and functions.
  • Wolfson Pavilion: Postgraduate and staff cafeteria.
  • Squash Courts: ideal for a quick game to de-stress during the day
  • Swimming Pool: just down the road at UCT Middle Campus
  • Satellite Postgrad Centre at GSH: for students based at the hospital
  • UCT Jammie Shuttles: for UCT students to the various residences and UCT campuses 
  • Postgraduate Funding Office: catch a Jammie Shuttle to upper campus, (the PGFO is located on level 3 of the Otto Beit Building), where many helpful officers are available to assist you with the acquisition of funding.