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2021 South African Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development External Bursaries

Apply for the 2021 Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development bursaries before 30 November 2020 

There are bursaries available for students studying towards a degree from the University of the Free State (UFS) Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in the following study fields below. Apply for the 2021 South African Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development bursaries before 30 November 2020!

B.Sc. Entomology
B.Sc. Food Science
B.Sc. Plant Pathology

All completed applications together with supporting documents can be forwarded to for attention to Vusimuzi Mngomezulu.

See attached documents for more information

Who is eligible to apply: Bursary awards advert 
Full time post graduate_Application Form 2020
Full time undergraduate_Application Form 2020

Apply for the HCI Foundation Bursary

The HCI Foundation bursary applications for the 2021 academic year are open and will close on 30 November 2020.

Please note that all applications are submitted online.

Students studying towards an Honours or Postgraduate Diploma qualification in 2021 can apply by following this link 

Click here for frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the HCI Foundation 2021 bursary application process.

Get connected with GlobalProtect

The UFS is proud to present GlobalProtect, a VPN portal that links you to learning resources for free while off campus. 

Please read through the Get connected with GlobalProtect document for instructions and tips on how to maximise the use of it.

Re-opening of the UFS libraries: 17 September 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of the Free State Library and Information Services (UFS LIS) has been rendering services through online platforms. 

In preparation for the re-opening, UFS campus libraries – with guidance from Occupational Health and Safety – have been securing relevant goods that are needed in order to comply with COVID-19 protocols. 

All library users who want to physically visit UFS libraries are free to do so, but this will be done under strict COVID-19 protocols. Library patrons are also informed that although services will be offered for physical visits, it will be guided by the ‘new normal’ regulations:

Opening hours:
Sasol Library:
08:00 (opening) to 16:30 (closing).
Number of library patrons allowed: 250

Frik Scott Medical Library: 
09:00 (opening) to 16:30 (closing).
Number of library patrons allowed: 50

TK Mopeli Library:
09:00 (opening) to 16:30 (closing).
Number of library patrons allowed: 50

Neville Alexander Library:
08:00 (opening) to 16:30 (closing).
Number of library patrons allowed: 50

Please take note of the following:

• Use hand sanitisers as provided when entering our spaces. 
• No access will be allowed without a face mask. 
• Maintain a 2 m distance between people. 
• Wash hands regularly. 
• Protective screens have been installed at all service counters. 
• Discussion rooms will not be available.
• Please wipe your desk with sanitiser when you leave.
• Please wipe your computer keyboard with sanitiser when you leave.
Return or issue of books 
• Patrons will not be allowed in the shelves. If you need a book, ask a staff member at the issue counter who will retrieve it for you.
• Use the self-checkout machine where possible to issue your books. 
• The surface of the Circulations desk will be wiped after each transaction. 
• When returning books, please make use of the drop boxes outside the libraries. 
• All returned books will be quarantined for three days before shelving. 
Library users are encouraged to continue using the online platform services and only visit the campus libraries when they have campus access permits to enter the campuses and are compelled to do so.

Communication channels for Financial Aid and Student Finance offices

For enquiries regarding student fees or financial aid, please contact the relevant department listed below. Please note that this information is shared to assist students during the lockdown period, with physical contact not possible. 

Should you be in need of funding, please visit the UFS website at

Financial Aid:
Bloemfontein and South Campuses:
Ntswaki Masoleng +27 51 401 7125 (
Thabiso Mbo +27 51 401 9894 (
Judy Mothibedi +27 51 401 7731 (
Tokelo Fako +27 51 401 7175 (
Tracey-Lee Smith (
Pulane Maine (

Qwaqwa Campus:
Lekhotla Lechoba +27 58 718 5198 (; student surnames A-L)
Tsoanelo Mosikili +27 58 718 5061 (; student surnames M)
Van Rooi Hlapane +27 58 718 5038 (; student surnames N-W)
Lerato Motleleng +27 58 718 5013 (; student surnames X-Z)

Student Finance:

Bloemfontein Campus
Call Centre: +27 51 401 3003/2806
Undergraduate and Honours Students: +27 51 401 9670/2817/9912/3872/3643/7050/2065
Postgraduate Students (M and D degrees): +27 51 401 9090 
Refunds: +27 51 401 9669  
Staff Bursaries: +27 51 401 2817  
Student Cards (Meals and Books): +27 51 401 2799/3337
Cashiers: +27 51 401 7711/2896

Collections (All Campuses)
T: +27 51 401 3448
F: +27 51 401 3579

Qwaqwa Campus
Client Services: +27 58 718 5024/5262/5295
Refunds/Student Cards (Meals and Books):
Scorpy Mofube +27 58 718 5262 (
Anna Zulu +27 58 718 5295 (
Mpolai Makheka +27 58 718 5028( 
Nthabie Moeng +27 58 718 5024(

South Campus
ashier: +27 51 505 1487

ACT Blended
Client Services: +27 51 505 1378

ACT Online
Client Services: +27 51 505 1342

Client Services: +27 51 505 1221

Contact Details: Financial Aid offices on the three UFS campuses

Bloemfontein and South:
Arno Venter 051 401 2234 (
Tokelo Fako 051 401 7175 (
Ntswaki Masoleng 051 401 7125 (
Thabiso Mbo 051 401 9894 (
Judy Mothibedi 051 401 7731 (
Tracey-Lee Smith (
Pulane Maine (

Lekhotla Lechoba 058 718 5198 (; student’s surnames A-L)
Tsoanelo Mosikili 058 718 5061 (; student’s surnames M)
Van Rooi Hlapane 058 718 3625 (; student’s surnames N-Z)

The 2020 FutureLEAD Challenge (FLC) online leadership development programme will commence on the FLC Blackboard Organisation (Bfn Support) on 2 March with Module 1 on Design Thinking and Leadership in Problem-solving. 

• All Bloemfontein campus first-years will automatically be linked from 24 February
• Any other senior students (Bloemfontein campus) are welcome to participate and can follow the attached instructions to access the organisation and register themselves

We look forward to working with you to develop your potential and gain graduate attributes!

FLC Team
Office for Student Leadership Development
R. Pelser/Z Khambule 
T: +27 51 401 9087/85   


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