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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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Samuel Masingi dreams of a shared vision
2014-10-31

Newly-appointed Student Representative Counsel (SRC) member, Samuel Masingi, holds high aspirations for his 2014/2015 term. He has been elected to the portfolio of Ex officio: Student Media Council. Masingi aims to bring the media and students closer together.

“If the media platforms are solid,” Masingi says, “then everything else will just fall into place, causing a snowball effect. I think this is very critical, because even if you do great things, there is no point if no one knows about it.”

A believer in an open door policy, Masingi encourages students to visit him to share their ideas and opinions.

Masingi credits ambition and hard work for his achievements and the success in his academic career. He believes that confidence and willpower can convert ambition into accomplishment – transforming dreams into reality. Studying for his honours in Sport Sciences, Masingi believes in stepping up to the task at hand and making an impact. Be an agent of change in order to see the difference you desire.

Having formerly served on the Tswelopele Residence Committee for Sport, Masingi is not new to the media scene. He previously gained experience as the Sports Editor of the IRAWA Post. He currently contributes to various publications which include Student Leverage – an online magazine – and News24 Voices. This makes him highly -suitable to head the student media portfolio.

When asked about his hopes for the 2014/2015 Student Representative Council he replied, “A shared vision.”

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