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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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Centre for Development Support receives the Premier’s gold award
2007-07-30

 

The Centre for Development Support (CDS), within the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) was the proud recipient of the gold award in the category of Research and Development for the Free State Premier’s Excellence Awards for 2007 recently held in Bloemfontein. CDS received the award for among others the updating of the economic database of the Mangaung Local Municipality, for conducting an investor perception survey in the same municipality and for supporting the alignment of the Free State Growth and Development Strategy (FSPGDS) within the national spatial development perspectives. The CDS team is front, from the left: Mr Willem Ellis (Executive Officer of the International Institute for Development Ethics at the UFS), Prof. Lucius Botes (Director of the CDS), Ms Dorie Olivier (Course Co-ordinator: Development Studies Programme); middle: Dr Zacheus Matebesi (Research Associate), Prof. Lochner Marais (Researcher); back: Ms Deidré van Rooyen (Researcher), Mr Molefi Lenka (Researcher), Ms Anita Venter (Researcher), Ms Kholisa Sigenu (Researcher), and Ms Julia Kambule (Student Assistant).

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