Politics of Politics

By Azwihangwisi Mufamadi

Third term has just begun with a lot of activities lined up. It is no wonder this term is known to many as O-Term.

We are going to have the notorious Tri-Varsity, arguably the most popular event in the Rhodes calendar, in a few weeks’ time. Unfortunately I can not say the same about the SRC elections that will also be happening in a few weeks’ time. It will be time for this year’s SRC hopefuls to get their election campaigns
going.

However, the elections also present a perfect opportunity for creativity and innovation for students who want to be in the SRC committee. Over the years there have been some creative campaigns.

Who can forget Evan Ford’s orange campaign? He even went through the trouble of wearing orange to
spur on his campaign. There have been instances where a few not-so-creative campaigns invaded our  ampus. One campaign was based solely on trying to get more parking spaces and getting the swimming
pool renovated.

It is also worth mentioning that there are still a few people who still use the old canvassing methods. Be creative. No one is willing to give away a vote without some amusement. Don’t you watch television,
people?

Politicians are no longer into the old face-to-face empty promises talk, they are singing for their  supporters. They have come to the sad realisation that entertaining these supporters is the only way they can get votes. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you should run around in your birthday suit or your Tri-Varsity gear and then you will get votes.

However, there is always hope for all those who want to be in the SRC, who at the same time know that it is not going to happen. Here are a few things that can help you get into the SRC. You can always count on the resignation of an SRC member.

If Bryonygate is anything to go by, you can always expect a senior member to resign. This way you will not only have the opportunity to become an SRC member but you will also avoid the process of selling
your campaign to other students for their votes. If you decide to go the general election route, design
a campaign that is realistic. It is awful to hear someone saying he or she wants to change a few things at
Rhodes.

I have heard this one quite often and I also know that people who use it in their campaigns never make
it. Say you want to be in the SRC because it will look good on your CV. At least you will be telling the truth
and you might get a lot of votes for your effort.

Finally, do not waste your money on printing a lot of posters. Posters do not win you elections. If your
campaign is not competitive, a thousand posters won’t fix it.

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6 Responses to Politics of Politics

  1. MK says:

    The only thing that can make people win the SRC election campaign is by promiding students that there will be many parties when they are in office. I just wanted to include this point because its relevant.

  2. Shivambu Caiphus says:

    …Election time is really a time when those who have creativity in lobbying for votes showcase their skills.But give them a term in the office they fail to deliver on their promises.

  3. Kuelo says:

    This is the one of your beat columns. but you seem to know everything about campaigning , YES, a columnsist has to know what he is writting about.But have you ever campaign before or attemped to campaign for students? IF you have you would know that campaigns are mostly effective if you are well known so creativity wont help if you are not popular. you have to be very popular amongst all races on campus cause people vote for a candidate who speak their language. people vote for a person who is close to them, by that I mean who are in an intimic relationship with. So if you put posters of yourself around campus, you will probably win all the vote. Secondly you have to talk in your lecture’s so that people recognise you. Siyabonga Yonzi who is now campaigning for presindency is a good example of this.

  4. Anon says:

    Negro, I agree but I think I should bring a few things to your attention. You dont need to be well known or talk in lectures to be in the SRC. All you need is a good strategy and a good adviser behind your campaign. This Siyabonga Yonzi you have referred to has been seen spending a lot of time with the guy who wrote this column (he even calls him the Black Bull) and I think he must be trying to suck some advise from him.
    Lastly, I think you got your information about people voting for candidates that are close to them and who speak their language wrong. Let me bring to your attention a guy called Evan Ford. Only a few people knew him before the election campaign but his campaign was based on creativity and simplicity which is the reason why he did not only came out top but he proved to be one of the popular guys in this campus..

  5. Anon says:

    Anon, you sound like you know how to campaign, I would like to see you campaigning, showing the public your creativity. It seems as you have mastered everything about campaigning strategies. I can’t wait to see your placards all around the campus. Good luck?

  6. Lybon says:

    In essence, I enjoyed reading your article, but it seems as you were writing it, just for the sake of submission. Mnr Anon putting your posters all around campus won’t help you grab a position in SRC, I’m telling you Bra. Last year there were creative and attracting posters. For instance, with experience comes knowing when to use your head accompanied by Matarassi and Zidane’s pictures and also Phakama’s pictures were almost everywhere, not to mention top five.

    What I’m trying to say is that creativity in lobbying for votes and showing the skills won’t help you win the campaign, as I mentioned earlier that people like top five and with experience campaigns failed to win, but they showed some creativity. I’m not sure about the right strategies, but creativity alone won’t help.

    Bring AA back, because we are tired of reading opinions only.

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