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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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New building for Xerox underway
2012-08-29

Architect illustration of new Xerox Building.
30 August 2012

Construction on a building for Xerox, which is currently housed in the UFS Sasol library, will start later this year, as soon as the budget is finalised, says Nico Janse van Rensburg of Physical Planning.

The UFS Sasol library is in the process of re-allocating existing space to make it more efficient for users. Services that are not directly associated with the library, like Xerox, will be moved to another site.

An easily accessible site near the Provisioning Building in Rector’s Avenue has been identified. The building will provide for the printing of documents, storage of documents as well as a reception desk where documents can be collected.

The design proposal also endeavours to incorporate green concepts such as passive ventilation, efficient daylight use as well as light steel building construction with higher rated insulation capacities in the brickwork.

The building is expected to be completed in March next year.
 

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