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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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Record broken at UFS auction
2010-09-06

 Prof. Niel Heideman (Acting Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, UFS) and Ntembeko Isaac Manyashe from BKB with the bull that was sold for R135 000.
Photo: Lize du Plessis

A provincial record was recently broken when a remarkable R135 000 was paid for a Sussex bull at the weekly auction of the Lengau Agricultural Development Centre at the University of the Free State (UFS). The bull, called Platdrif Dunlop, was bought by Mr Adri Basson from Vendetta Ranch in Windhoek.

The Sussex breed is one of the oldest breeds in the world. Platdrif Dunlop’s previous owner, Mr Nollie Stofberg from Worcester, has raised the bull since its birth approximately three years ago, after the animal’s potential as a stud bull became clear. Mr Basson also bought some heifers at the auction and they travelled with Platdrif Dunlop to Vendetta Ranch last week.

The weekly auction at the Lengau Agricultural Development Centre is held in collaboration with BKB Louwid. According to Dr Leán van der Westhuizen, Head of the Lengau Agricultural Development Centre, the weekly auctions attract a lot of interest amongst the Bloemfontein agricultural community and anybody is welcome to attend it.

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