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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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MUCPP and MTN launch partnership

At the launch were, from the left: Mr Billyboy Ramahlele (Director: Community Engagement, UFS), Mr Wickus Griebenouw (MTN), Mr Benedict Mokoena (Acting Director: MUCPP), Mr Thabiso Mafata (MTN), Ms Puleng Mokhoane (Communications Manager: Department of Correctional Services, Free State), Mr John van Solms (MTN), Mr Joe Sebela (Sport Coordinator: MUCPP) and Mr Motebang Seiboko (MTN Regional Manager).
Photo: Teboho Setena

The Mangaung/University of the Free State Community Partnership Programme (MUCPP) and MTN have launched a partnership at a function held at the multi-purpose MUCPP Centre. The joint venture has resulted in the revamping of the multi-purpose sport and recreational facility at MUCPP.

The facility caters for sporting codes such as netball, basketball, cricket, volleyball and a 5-a-side soccer. The launch coincided with MTN’s community social investment project, called Yellow Care.

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