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Voices from the Free State: 2021•10

Louzanne Coetzee (born 18 April 1993) is a South African para-athlete. Coetzee was born blind as a result of a hereditary condition called Leber congenital amaurosis and competes in the T11 disability class, for athletes with the highest level of visual impairment. In 2018, Coetzee broke the 5000 m (women) world record in her disability class whilst in the same year she became the first visually impaired athlete to compete at the World University Cross Country Championships in Switzerland.

Voices from the Free State: 2021•9

Prof. Jeandrew Brink completed her Bachelor of Sciences degree at the University of the Free State (UFS) in 1998 and subsequently a Honours (1999) and Master’s degree (2000) in Applied Mathematics also at UFS. A Fulbright Travel Grant and a two-year research fellowship from Cornell University permitted her to perform work toward a PhD in theoretical physics in the United States. Her thesis explored the pulsation modes of neutron stars.

Voices from the Free State: 2021•8

David Uwah’s journey in business, and his combination of industry and leadership insight internationally is considered valuable to any entrepreneur. As such, he is affiliated with several initiatives that focus on building young entrepreneurs.  Read more

Voices from the Free State: 2021•6

Karla’s story is one of determination, and her success is the result of two decades of hard work. Although netball is not a professional sport in South Africa and athletes don’t get paid for it – quitting was never an option for Karla Pretorius, our guest in the sixth episode of the Voices from the Free State podcast. Read more

Voices from the Free State: 2021•5

A passion for evidence-based medicine and the notion of value in healthcare is what drives Dr Anchen Laubscher, our guest in the fifth episode of the Voices from the Free State podcast. Anchen is driven to ensure that healthcare is scientifically proven, of high quality, cost effective, and tailored to a patient’s needs.   Read more

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Voices from the Free State: 2021•4

University of the Free State alumni have an impact on a diverse range of fields, locally and internationally. They are sought after in private and public companies, leading and working in some of the top companies and organisations. One such individual is Frikkie Meintjes, Head of Global HR at Greenpeace  Read more

Voices from the Free State: 2021•3

Jamba Isaac Ulengo, our guest in the third episode of the Voices of the Free State podcast series is a South African rugby union player who proudly joined his team in bringing home a gold medal at the 2013 World Games. 
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Voices from the Free State: 2021•2

We are pleased to host Bertus Jacobs in our second episode of the Voices of the Free State podcast series. As Chief Technology Officer at IoT.nxt. (Internet of Things), Bertus’ mind is constantly searching for new techniques, and imparting these to his team of developers. Read more

Voices from the Free State: 2021•1

In our first episode of the Voices of the Free State podcast series, Likeleli Monyamane takes us through her journey as a student at the UFS. Founder of Inspire Innovation Business Consultants, Likeleli is a chartered accountant based in Lesotho, with a deep passion for skills development and mentorship. Read more

Voices from the Free State: Launch 2020•0

The University of the Free State Alumni office is pleased to announce the launch of the Voices from the Free State podcast series. François van Schalkwyk and Keenan Carelse, UFS alumni leading the university’s United Kingdom Alumni Chapter – the hub of a developing UFS international programme – have put their voices together to create and co-host the new podcast series. Read more

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