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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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UFS students listen to world expert in environmental law
2010-08-05

 
Dr Ilze Keevy, Kabelo Khara, LL.B. final-year student in Environmental Law, Adv. Antoinette Ferreira, and Luthando Tshangana, also an LL.B. final-year student in Environmental Law.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

In one of her classes, Dr Ilze Keevy, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS), invited Adv. Antoinette Ferreira, a Senior Prosecutor at the Special Prosecution Unit of the Director of Public Prosecution: Free State, this week to present an interesting and topical lecture about Organised Environmental Crime and Biodiversity. The lecture was, amongst others, attended by LL.B., LL.M. and LL.D. students in Environmental Law, as well as master’s students in Environmental Management.

Adv. Ferreira, who is currently working on one of the world’s most important syndicate cases about rhinoceros hunting, dealt with environmental law in her lecture, with the focus on organised crime syndicates. Issues like how syndicates operate, the prosecution of syndicates and all the problems related to the destruction of our South African biodiversity formed part of her lecture. – Leonie Bolleurs


 

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