Siyakhana @ Makana

Want to build meaningful relationships with community-based organisations while gaining a better understanding of community development processes and project management? Siyakhana@Makana is for you!


In an effort to support student organisations (societies, residences and sports clubs) to better understand community development processes and the role of volunteers in supporting community based organisations, RUCE has introduced a programme called Siyakhana@Makana. Embarking on an exciting, creative, and challenging learning experience, participants in Siyakhana@Makana will work closely together for 19weeks.

Siyakhana@Makana is a project planning process, which seeks to support students who seek to build meaningful relationships with community organisations while working towards a shared co-created project. Working with a select group of dedicated student organisations, community organisations and independent student teams, Siyakhana@Makana groups will co-create a project based on shared goals and interests from start to finish. 


The idea is to ensure that students gain a more thorough understanding of relationship building and project management.

The 19 week process will see student organisations engaging in focused training and a series of support meetings that will assist them in project planning with the community based organisation they are partnered with. After 5 weeks, students will present their project proposals to a committee for feedback.

Between July and October, the student organisations will implement the programmes/projects they proposed with the community based organisations they will be working with. During this time the student organisations will meet for monitoring and evaluation meetings.

We hope that by introducing this process, student organisations will gain a more robust understanding of CE that will enrich their understanding of social justice and community development, as well as supporting the building of meaningful relationships with community based organisations.


Any student organisation (including residence, societies and sports clubs) may sign up to be a part of the process. A minimum of 5 individuals may form their own team and register to be a part of the programme. A maximum of 40 student organisations/teams will be eligible to be a part of the programme.


Fill in the Siyakhana@Makana Form here: Siyakhana@Makana Form 2017

For more information contact Benita on b.bobo[at] or 046 603 7230


All interested teams will have to send a committee to attend training on the 11th of March at Eden Grove from 08h00 - 17h00. There, student organisations will meet with community based organisations. They will be able to discuss the goals of community based organisations and seek to make a match. Once matches are made, a working Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between a community based organisation and a student organisation.

Download the 2018 S@M Handbook

Last Modified: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 09:52:37 SAST