“Our vision is to build students in South Africa into communities of disciples transformed by Jesus Christ, impacting the School, the University, the Church and society for the glory of God”.
In 1896, the Students Christian Association (SCA) was formed. In 1965, it was divided into four racially distinct groups by order of the Apartheid regime, these being SCA for people racially classified as “English speaking Whites”, Afrikaans Christeleke Studente Vereeniging (ACSV) for people racially classified as “Afrikaans speaking Whites”, Christeleke Studente Vereeniging (CSV) for people racially classified as “Coloureds”, whilst people racially classified as “Black” ascribed to the Students’ Christian Movement (SCM).
In 1992 talks between the various organisations took place in Stellenbosch, each acknowledging and declaring a unified stand on ministerial involvement in both schools and tertiary institutions. By 1995, talks of reconciliation between SCA and SCM were underway at the University of Transkei, this leading to a joint conference the following year at the modern day, Durban University of Technology (DUT) Indumiso campus in Pietermartizburg where the proposition of merger was first adopted.
On July 5, 1997 the Students’ Christian Organisation (SCO) was officially formed by the merger of SCA & SCM at Fort Hare University, Alice.
SCO is governed with four aims in mind:
1 – Evangelism: We seek to share the love of Jesus Christ with students – leading to a personal faith in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, according to the teachings of the Holy Bible.
2 – Discipleship: We seek to nurture students into a deep, transforming relationship with God which will profoundly change the way they think, live and relate to others – equipping them for a life of service to God.
3 – Missions: We urge students to commit themselves to the expansion of God’s kingdom throughout the world by evangelistic witness. We see this as a means to respond with compassion to the needs of society and through this strive to work for peace, righteousness and justice.
4 – Engaging The Society: We seek to actively involved in issues pertaining to students in their respective institutions.
SCO National Information
National Executive (NATEX):
- Chairperson: Jack Koma (Free State)
- Deputy Chairperson: Lusapho Mlandu (Eastern Cape North)
- Treasurer: Mabel Ndlovu (Gauteng)
- National Director (acting): Motseki Sosibo (Western Cape)
- Secretary-General: Antoinette Sithole (Gauteng)
- National Higher Institutions Executive (NATHIEX) Chairperson: Mr M. Sakwekwa
Address: 1 Elloughton House, Chapel Lane, Rosebank, Cape Town, 7700
Phone: +27 (21) 685 0942 Fax: 086 535 7277