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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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Sevens rugby adds to KovsieSport titles
2015-04-29

Photo: Varsitysportssa.com

KovsieSport has added yet another trophy to their ever-growing collection when they won the Varsity Sevens rugby tournament over the long weekend. 

The undisputed UFS sevens team outwitted the University of Pretoria (UP) with a 24-19 score in the final match at Villager FC in Cape Town on Monday 27 April 2015.

Trailing behind 7-12 at half time, the UFS sevens fought hard in the second half. Crossing the try line twice in those 10 minutes secured final victory for the team who had also finished the group stages at the top of the standings.

Throughout the tournament, the UFS were unbeaten. They beat the Walter Sisulu University 26-17 in their first match of the weekend. Continuing on their winning way, the UFS beat North-West University Pukke 43-12, overwhelmed University of Cape Town Ikeys 44-14, thrashed University of Fort Hare 36-0, and then toppled the Pukke again in the semifinal.

This was truly the best way for KovsieRugby to round off their 2015 Varsity Cup/Varsity Sports season.

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