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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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Former students Cobus Muller and Charl Blom withdraw claims against UFS
2015-12-02

Former students Cobus Muller and Charl Blom without any explanation withdrew their claims for contractual damages against the University of the Free State (UFS) in the amount of R1 million each, last week. 

This comes after a letter of demand was addressed to Prof Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the UFS, on 5 March 2015 in which Muller and Blom claimed R 5 150 000.00   each in compensation from the UFS. The claim was rejected. Thereafter Muller and Blom issued a summons in which they claimed R1 million each for alleged contractual damages suffered.

Muller and Blom have tendered the full wasted costs as a result of the claims that were withdrawn.  The former students intend to proceed with the remaining claims.  These claims will likewise be opposed by the UFS.

The university management does not intend commenting on the withdrawal in the media.   The futile attempts by Muller and Blom to claim what was not due to them, speaks for itself.

Related links:

http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/news-archive-item?news=6394 (3 July 2015)
http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/news-archive-item?news=6274 (5 March 2015)
http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/news-archive-item?news=4116 (9 September 2014)
http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/news-archive-item?news=3924 (22 February 2014)

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