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25 April 2019 | Story Mamosa Makaya

Since 2016, the University of the Free State Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) has received a grant from First National Bank worth R2 498 000, which supports tertiary bursaries for students with disabilities. Bursary holders are funded through CUADS, as the administrator of the bursaries.
  
These are students enrolled for various academic programmes who require academic assistance and/or assistive devices such as electronic handheld magnifiers, laptops, and hearing aids. The FNB grant also covers tuition, accommodation, study material and books, and meals.  The success of the grant is already evident, with one of the recipients having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in December 2018. A second student was capped at the April 2019 graduations with a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying.
 
Supporting the principles of the ITP

The UFS received the grant from FNB in instalments, starting in the 2016 academic year to date, supporting the needs of 40 disabled students. This grant and the work of CUADS speaks to and supports the principles of the Integrated Transformation Plan (ITP), namely inclusivity, transformation, and diversity. The vision of the Universal Access work stream is to enable the UFS to create an environment where students with disabilities can experience all aspects of student life equal to their non-disabled peers. The ITP provides for the recognition of the rights of people with disabilities as an important lesson in social justice and an opportunity to reinforce university values.

The successful administration of the grant to benefit past and present students is a ‘feather in the cap’ of CUADS, and is a shining example of the impact of public private investment and the endless possibilities that open up when there is a commitment to developing future leaders in academic spaces, allowing them to thrive by creating a learning environment that is welcoming and empowering. 



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Kovsie one of the newcomers in the Springbok Rugby team
2008-10-29

Five Kovsies are included in the Springbok Rugby team that will leave for the rugby tour to England this week. One of the newcomers in the team, Heinrich Brüssow  (photo), is a fourth-year B.Com. student in Economics at the University of the Free State (UFS).

The other four players are former students of the UFS. They are: Juan Smith, Bismarck du Plessis, Gürthro Steenkamp, Ruan Pienaar and CJ van der Linde. Brüssow is flank of the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs and also played for the Shimlas – the UFS’s first rugby team.

“It seems that the UFS is continuously producing national rugby players for South Africa. This is something to be proud of and is an indication of the standard of our coaching,” says Mr James Letuka, Director of KovsieSport.

“We wish all the Kovsies and the rest of the team good luck with the coming tour,” says Mr Letuka

Media Release
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za  
29 October 2008
 

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