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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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10 Kovsies in the 2006 SA Common Wealth games team
2006-03-13

Ten students from the University of the Free State (UFS) are included in the South African team to compete in the Common Wealth Games in Melbourne, Australia from 15-26 March 2006.  The Kovsies are:

  1. Jan Van Der Merwe                   
  2. Boy Soke                                   
  3. Keith Roberts                            
  4. Phillip Burger                             
  5. George du Randt                      
  6. Chris Dednam                           
  7. Charlene Hertzog                     
  8. Karin Venter                             
  9. Adele Niemand                         
  10. Martha Mosoahle                     

400m
5000m
Triathlon
Rugby (7's)
Swimming
Badminton
Netball (Team captain)
Netball
Netball 
Netball (Old Kovsie)
 

"The inclusion of these students on the national team is proof of the standard of achievement of sport at the UFS.  Their participation in the Commonwealth Games is an honour for us and we are proud of them," said Mr James Letuka, Director:  KovsieSport. 

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