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18 April 2019 | Story Rulanzen Martin

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice IRSJ) has initiated a Social Justice Week at the University of the Free State (UFS), which started on Friday 12 April  until Wednesday 17 April 2019. 

Ten key events took place during the week. It ranged from dialogues, workshops, talk shows, debates, and interactive displays and events on issues of multilingualism and diversity, social innovation, engaged scholarship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, gender sensitisation, sexual consent, sexual preparedness, universal access, disability, anti-discrimination, and security.

There was also a round-table discussion on 17 April 2019 with various UFS stakeholders on off-campus student security as well as an inter-institutional discussion on the same topic. The UFS Debating Society will take on the topic of the UFS Language Policy, while Olga Barends from the Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a dialogue on sexual consent.

The IRSJ has also designed and implemented SOJO-VATION: Social Innovation/ Social Change, which strives to create a foundational platform where ideas of social justice, innovation, and engaged scholarship at the UFS and in society can be hosted. SOJO-VATION partners with the Office for Student Leadership, Development, and Community Engagement.

The collaborating partners for the Social Justice Week includes various UFS stakeholders such as the Sasol library, the Gender and Sexual Equity Office, UFS Protection Services, the Free State Centre for Human Rights, the Student Representative Council (SRC), the Office for Student Leadership Development, Kovsie Innovation, GALA, the FFree State Centre for Human Rights, SRC Associations, the Office for Student Governance, Kovsie Innovate, Start-Up-Grind, EVC, EBL, Community Engagement, the Institutional Transformation Plan (ITP) Dialogues Office, Residence Dialogues, UFS Debating Society, Debate Afrika!, the Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS), and the Gateway Office. 

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UFS awards honorary doctorate to Minister Pravin Gordhan
2010-05-21

Prof. Teuns Verschoor, acting Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, hands the honorary doctorate to Minister Gordhan.
Photo: Stephen Collett

The University of the Free State (UFS) awarded an honorary doctorate to Mr Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Finance, during its autumn graduation and diploma ceremony in Bloemfontein this week. The degree Philosophiae Doctor (Honoris Causa) was awarded to Minister Gordhan for the significant improvements in the performance of the South African Revenue Service (SARS); the restructuring of the customs system; and for ensuring that the South African Customs Administration has become a key player in the drive towards customs initiatives in the region. Minister Gordhan was also honoured for his chairmanship of the Council of World Customs Organisation (WCO), in which he served from 2000-2006.

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