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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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Kovsie marketer, Cindy Hack, leads Proteas in World Cup
2014-12-15

Cindy Hack
Photo: Stefan Lotter

Cindy Hack is not only a prominent schools marketer for the University of the Free State (UFS) in Durban, she also captains the national Protea Women’s Indoor Hockey team.

After playing field hockey for the Proteas for five years, she ended her field hockey career in 2012, just before the London Olympics.

Married and with a child to take care of, Hack says the indoor version of the game allows for more flexibility. “When playing outdoor hockey for the Proteas, you’ll be away on training camps in cities like Amsterdam, away from home for six weeks at a time,” Hack says. “With indoor hockey, we are definitely more flexible and tournaments and training camps do not take up as much time.”

She also points out the pace of this version of the game. “It used to be six players a side, but that number has recently been reduced to five players a side, making the game even faster and more intense.”

On 1 December 2014 Hack and her team travelled to Canada for a preparation tournament for next year’s World Cup. The Indoor Hockey World Cup will be hosted in Germany in February 2015.

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