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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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Kovsies athlete the only university student to qualify for World Athletics meeting in Korea
2011-05-04

 

Thuso Mpuang

 

The 26-year-old Kovsies athlete Thuso Mpuang is the only South African student athlete who could qualify for the World Athletics Meeting in Daegu, South Korea during the recent South African Student Athletics Meeting in Stellenbosch. His winning time of 20.55 s in the 200 m is only a fraction slower than his personal best of 20.53 s.

 

KovsieSport is very proud of this achievement of Thuso. “We believe that he will be included in the team that is going to participate in the World Senior Athletics Championships later this year,” says Ms Sarina Cronjé from KovsieSport.

 

Thuso has also qualified to participate in the World Student Athletics meeting in Shenzhen, China.

 

Furthermore, PC Beneke, also a Kovsies student, is one of the 42 athletes who are included in the preliminary team that is going to compete in the World Student Athletics meeting in China. Dumisane Hlaselo, a former Kovsies athlete who is currently studying in America, has also been included in this team. 

 

 

4 May 2011
 

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