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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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Latest information about fire in laboratory
2007-08-22

A meeting was held at 09:00 today to co-ordinate all the aspects around the fire that broke out in a laboratory in the Chemistry Building. Representatives from the fire brigade were also present. The following arrangements were made:

1. The entire Chemistry Building will be inaccessible until 17:00 this afternoon. Various experts are investigating the safety of the building and determining possible causes of the fire. By 17:00, personnel, students and other persons concerned will receive an indication regarding which parts of the building will be accessible, and at what times.

2. The acting head of the department, Prof. Ben Bezuidenhout, will inform the Chemistry students and staff about class and access arrangements. Chemistry students are requested to be on the lookout for NEWS FLASH messages via the intranet, as it might be necessary to distribute information in this way.

3. The university immediately initiated the planning of measures to limit the disruption of academic activities to a minimum.

It is confirmed that the fire was limited to a very small section in the building, and that there are no further safety risks for staff and students.

Media Release
Issued by: Mangaliso Radebe
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2828
Cell: 078 460 3320
E-mail: radebemt.stg@ufs.ac.za  
21 August 2007
 

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