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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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Kovsies overthrow UJ in round four of Varsity Netball
2013-10-01

 

01 October 2013
Photo: Jako Pienaar

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The University of the Free State (UFS) recorded a superb 71-36 victory over the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in their Varsity Netball match in the Callie Human Centre on the Bloemfontein Campus.

At the end of the first quarter the home side was off to a good start leading 18-11. Yet UJ recovered well hereafter to close the gap by winning the second quarter and taking over with a 28-22 lead.

However, a string of scoring just after half-time saw the UFS cruise to a comfortable 52-28 lead as they went into the final quarter, resulting in a bonus-point victory in the end. UJ could only manage eight goals in the last period as they fell short of a consolation bonus point.

Kovsies lost their first match in the Varsity Netball tournament against NWU Pukke, but recovered well by beating Tuks and TUT respectively in the following clashes. Over the next fortnight the team from the UFS will have two more Monday night match-ups in the Callie Human Centre in Bloemfontein. They will face the University of Cape Town (UCT) on the court next week, followed by Stellenbosch University (Maties) the week thereafter.

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