Sonop as an institution is more than 100 years old and we are proud to be: independent, apolitical, multiracial, multilingual and multicultural with the vision, mission, policy and striving to be the best student residence in South Africa.
Sonop is responsible for its staff, facilities, finances, marketing, administration and survival, and does not receive any financial or administrative support from UP or the State.
In order to operate the self-sufficient structure successfully and sustainably, Sonop is controlled and managed like a company where the Sonop Board provides support as non-executive directors while the Residence Head and the SBC function as the executive officials of the residence. (The SBC is the Sonop Management Committee which consists of the house committee and regional leaders)
Our family members form the backbone of Sonop and with their youthful energy and innovative initiatives led by the SBC, Sonop is a very special place to live.
The management model of collaboration between the Sonop Board and the students is unique and very successful.
Sonop also strives to not only provide accommodation and meals for our students, but to offer Sonoppers the opportunity to participate in a unique living experience where they can excel academically and at the same time live their life experience through sport, culture, living together. and team building can hone for the workplace ahead.
To ensure that Sonop stays in step with the rapidly changing and evolving environment in the world, the Sonop Council has established a standing committee known as the Continuing Transformation and Reformation (CTR). The committee, consisting of former Sonoppers and students and under the leadership of the Vice – Chair, aims to add additional value to our students through innovative initiatives and further prepare them for their adult lives. We are very excited about the Sonop 2025 project that is currently being implemented.
In the process of studying and living together in Sonop, lifelong friendships and business acquaintances are formed and, as many former Sonoppers will be able to testify, the student years in Sonop are only part of the larger puzzle of Sonopper.
Within a culture of Christian values, academic excellence and participatory life orientation, the following guidelines form the value system for the residence community according to which judgment, decision and action are taken:
The value system is not only limited to student life and has consistently contributed to the successes that Oud-Sonoppers have achieved in their adult lives and careers.
There is a very true and calibrated saying that goes, “Once a Sonopper, always a Sonopper.”
“Laat die buile huil.”