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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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‘Many people disagree with me. My life is One Long Debate.’ – Ali A. Mazrui
2014-10-31



Prof Ndlovu-Gatsheni
Photo: Stephen Collet
The Vice-Chancellor and Rector, in conjunction with the Centre for Africa Studies, recently presented a memorial lecture in honour of the work and life of an academic giant, the late Prof Ali A. Mazrui.

Ali Al'amin Mazrui (24 February 1933 – 12 October 2014), was an academic professor and political writer on African and Islamic studies. Hy was born in Mombasa, Kenya and was an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, as well as Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, New York.

The lecture, held on Thursday 30 October 2014 in the Albert Wessels Auditiorium, was presented by Prof Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Head of the Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI) at UNISA.

His memorial lecture was entitled ‘Ali A Mazrui on the Invention of Africa and Postcolonial Predicaments’.

Prof Ndlovu-Gatsheni has published widely, including more than 47 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 45 chapters in books and 8 books. This includes The Ndebele Nation: Reflections on Hegemony, Memory and Historiography (Amsterdam & Pretoria: Rozenberg Publishers & UNISA Press, 2009), as well as Bondage of Boundaries and Identity Politics in Postcolonial Africa: The ‘Northern Problem’ and Ethno-Futures (Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, 2013).

Prof Sabelo J Ndlovu-Gatsheni speech: ‘Ali A Mazrui on the Invention of Africa and Postcolonial Predicaments’.


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