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Student Affairs: Social Support Unit

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The Social Support Unit in the Division of Student Affairs aims to promote, restore, maintain, and enhance student success and wellbeing through social-support interventions, including family-related matters, sexual/gender-based violence interventions and referrals, food support, and other emergency social-support needs.

The office is located in the Steve Biko House, Rooms 153 and 158.

Assistant Director: Kovsie Support Services, Ms Elizabeth Msadu, emphasised that the unit’s services are not limited to what has been stipulated in their mandate, as students are different, come from diverse backgrounds, and will likely experience varied and divergent issues and dilemmas since they are all unique and experience life differently.

Mr Mojaki Mothibi, Assistant Officer for the Social Support Unit, explained that students will also be provided with financial support through co-curricular sponsorships for academic (conferences and seminars) and leadership development (national and international conferences, seminars, and community engagement programmes). He further said that students could also be supported in terms of their general social well-being in cases of bereavement, hardship mitigation, and other pressing issues they may face on a daily basis. 

For more information about the Social Support Unit, email MsaduE@ufs.ac.za or call +27 51 401 9117.

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