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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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Qwaqwa Campus Got Talent show rocks
2014-08-07

The Happy Feet trio are from the left: Matshediso Senkhane, Andile Mbuli and Lebo Mokoena.

Our Qwaqwa Campus Health and Wellness Centre truly believes in the all-round wellbeing of all Kovsies – and that laughter is the best medicine.

This was evident when the centre hosted the first ever UFS Qwaqwa Campus Got Talent show. In the various elimination rounds, students and staff had to showcase their various talents.

Competing acts got the crowd jumping with a variety of singing and dancing acts, provided insight and wisdom through poetry and roaring laughter from the comedy.

A panel of judges selected the top 10 acts. These groups will compete for the ultimate crown later in September. One of the acts that had the crowd captivated was the modern dance trio called Happy Feet. This energetic student act amazed the audience with their superbly choreographed moves that left everyone shouting for more.

“The response of the crowd during the show and when the winners were announced proved just how much fun everybody had. We surely are talented on this campus,” said Industrial Psychology student Cebelihle Mtshali, who was one of the judges.

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