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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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The overall winner of the national Sêr is Veritas!
2015-09-01



Veritas
Photo: Johan Roux

Walking away with the top prize of R10 000 and bragging rights, the 2015 national Sêr champions were none other than Veritas. Hosted by Stellenbosch University, the biggest university music competition, the 2015 ATKV University Serenade Competition, was held on 28 August 2015. Sêr finalists from various universities in the country converged to witness the moment when the best a cappella group emerged with the crown.

Marjolein
Photo: Johan Roux

This is the fifth time that the residence is in the musical excellence spotlight. Veritas made its debut as national champions in 1997, and have proved adamant to expand their trophy collection as the 2001, 2003, 2010 and 2015 title holders.

Earlier in the month, Veritas had battled it out against Vishuis and Armentum at the university Kleinsêr for the privilege of representing the university nationally. Veritas has done the university proud at the nationals by triumphing once again over the hosts, Sonop, and Pieke from the University of Pretoria in the Best Self composed and Best Prescribed song categories.

Marjolein, the ladies’ title holders at the UFS, took second place in the ladies’ category. Although it was a tough competition, Marjolein still walked away with titles for Best Self Composition and Best Prescribed Songs.

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