03 March 2022 | Story Lunga Luthuli | Photo Supplied
Tebogo Molapo
Congratulations – Tebogo Molapo recently completed certificates in Advanced Principles of Labour Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

The University of the Free State (UFS) Centre for Labour Law recently celebrated the success of more than 540 participants who completed their studies in 2020 and 2021.  Laetitia Fourie, Programme Director of the Centre for Labour Law, said: “In the past, the centre semi-annually celebrated the achievements of participants by way of a ceremony where certificates were awarded to those who successfully completed their short learning programmes.”

“The event has always been special and provides an opportunity for the participants to feel valued and to share their success with their families at a prestigious event on the UFS Bloemfontein Campus,” she said.

However, due to COVID-19, the centre was not able to host physical ceremonies in 2020 and 2021, and certificates had to be sent via courier. As a result, a decision was made to follow in the footsteps of the institution and to host a virtual certificate ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021. 

The centre offers short learning programmes in Basic Principles of Labour Law, Advanced Principles of Labour Law, Basic Principles of Social Security Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Basic Principles of Commercial Law, and Advanced Principles of Commercial Law.

Dean of the UFS Faculty of Law, Prof John Mubangizi, said that the programmes offered by the centre “fit into the mission of the faculty and drives it to be at the forefront of exploring how best to contribute to shaping and transforming society”. 

He said: “The advantages and benefits of short learning programmes are that they are affordable and an accessible way to upskill, upgrade, and develop one’s skills. They play a key role in developing South Africa into a better and more skilled country. They fill the gap in individuals’ knowledge, giving a competitive edge on job promotion.”

Prof Mubangizi said, “Continuous learning is mandatory if you want to become successful.” He challenged the successful participants to “go out there, put the learnt skills to good use, believe, and not let fear stop you from success”.

Tebogo Molapo, who completed a Certificate in Dispute Resolution and the Advanced Principles of Labour Law, says: “Representing workers as a shop steward, I must be competent, and also have aspirations of being a Labour Law expert. This year, I have registered for the Basic Principles of Social Security Law, and on completion, I would like to obtain a diploma or degree.”

Watch the Centre for Labour Law’s virtual ceremony below and visit the Facebook page for pictures of all the recipients. 

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