Start main page content

Details of electronic poll for staff and students

- Wits University

Update from the Senior Executive Team (17:00) on Thursday's poll:

Management reaches out to student leaders 

The Senior Executive Team has once again reached out to the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and invited them to a formal meeting to determine if we can find a way to engage on the current situation at the University. The SRC has not yet responded to this request. 

The University’s position is that we are broadly supportive of free education for the poor, although we understand that it is a national issue. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal and the executive management team are engaging with all stakeholders in an attempt to pursue viable options in this regard. 

Thursday’s poll 

The University will run an electronic poll on Thursday using text messages (SMSs) for students and via a website link for staff.

The poll will open at 07:00 and close at 16:00.

It will be anonymous and the data will feed straight into a database. The IEC has been requested to oversee the process to ensure that the results can be independently verified. 

We have determined that we have about 99% of students’ mobile numbers and we are working on obtaining the missing mobile numbers (we are missing less than 260  out of 37 000). We encourage all students to double check their details on the self-service as described below. 

How to add or amend a mobile number on Self Service ( 

  • Click on Personal Information
  • Click on Phone Numbers

If no Mobile phone type exists:

  • Click on Add a Phone Number
  • Click on the drop down arrow next to the Phone Type blank field
  • Select Mobile and type in the mobile phone number and Country code (027)
  • Click Save 

To amend the Mobile phone number

  • Amend the Mobile number accordingly and click Save. 
  • It would be appreciated if this information is updated by 15:00 on Wednesday, 28th September 2016. 

Have your voice heard 

We encourage all students and staff to participate in this anonymous poll, so that we can clearly understand the views of the wider Wits community.