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
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
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,
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
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.