Knowledge and Development: A Research Showcase for the Qwaqwa Region

Friday 2 September, Senate Room, Qwaqwa Campus

Session 1: Thematic overview

Keynote address:

Prof Maitland Seaman

Centre for Environmental Management, UFS

“What is special about the Thabo Mofutsanyana region?”

Dr Elias Malete

Principal, Qwaqwa Campus, UFS

“The Qwaqwa revitalisation process”

Mr Sam Fongwa

Centre for Development Support

“The ‘triple helix’: Linking Government, business and universities”

Mr Mafule Mokalobe

Office of the Premier

“ Why district planning matters to provincial development strategies”


Session 2: Environment and spatial planning

Mr Jaap Knot

Centre for Development Support

“No-till agriculture in the Eastern Free State: Prospects for success”

Mr Falko Buschke

Centre for Environmental Management, UFS

“Finding the perfect pathway: A trail guide for Golden Gate NP”

Dr Geoffrey Mukwada

Department of Geography, UFS Qwaqwa Campus

“A comparison of Eastern Free State IDPs: Where are the gaps?”

Prof Maitland Seaman

Director, Cluster on Water Management

“River health in the Eastern Free State”


Session 3: Business and Economic Development

Prof Doreen Atkinson

Cluster on Sustainable Development

“Tourism in Clarens and Bethlehem”

Mr Robert Alfonsi & Ms Merle Naidoo

Department of Computer Science/Department of Geography, Qwaqwa Campus

“GIS as a tool to promote district planning and partnerships”

Mrs Deidre van Rooyen

Centre for Development Support

“Social entrepreneurship in the Qwaqwa region”

Dr Alex Adjei

Department of Geography, UFS Qwaqwa Campus

“The potential of fair trade in tourism in Maluti-a-Phofung and Dihlabeng”


Session 4: Health and wellness

Dr Elsa Crause

Department of Sociology, UFS Qwaqwa Campus

“Interagency collaboration: UFS and Dept of Social Development in the Eastern Free State”

Dr Christo Heunis

Centre for Health Systems Research and Development

“HIV testing of TB patients in the Eastern Free State”

Adv Inez Bezuidenhout & Mr Iago Davids

UFS Law Clinic, Bloemfontein

“Free State Access to Justice Project in the Eastern Free State”

Mr Grey Magaiza

Department of Sociology, UFS Qwaqwa Campus

“Youth social entrepreneurship and poverty reduction in the Eastern Free State”

Dr Dipane Hlalele

Department of Education, UFS Qwaqwa Campus

“Creating sustainable rural learning ecologies”

Dr Lejone Ntema

Centre for Development Support

“Access to public services in the Free State by non-South Africans”