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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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Lira and Karen Zoid headlining Kovsie Stage Extravaganza
2013-09-14


Lira and Karen Zoid
13 September 2013

Kovsies and the local Bloemfontein community are in for a treat with renowned artists Lira and Karen Zoid headlining the 2013 Kovsie Stage Extravaganza.

The two artists will be on stage at the Bloemfontein Campus on Friday 20 September 2013, performing some of their biggest hit songs.

Lira is a ten-time SAMA Award winner and earlier this year she performed at US President Barack Obama's Inauguration Ball. Karen Zoid also holds a SAMA Award to her name and has been a permanent feature on the South African rock scene.

The two artists will join an illustrious list of past performers who have graced the Extravaganza stage. Some of these celebrated South African musicians include Zahara, Vusi Mahlasela and Die Heuwels Fantasies.

Lira and Zoid will be joined on stage by some of Kovsies’ most talented students who will also deliver music and dance items.

Date: Friday 20 September 2013
Venue: Callie Human Centre
Time: 19:00
Tickets: R50 (students with student card)

R100 (public)

Tickets are available at Office 8 and 9 on the Thakaneng Bridge.

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