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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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UFS Qwaqwa Campus cross-country team qualifies for national championships
2016-08-30

Description: Qwaqwa Campus cross-country team  Tags: Qwaqwa Campus cross-country team

UFS Qwaqwa Campus’ cross-country team that has
qualified for the SA Championships in the
Western Cape. They are, from the left: Malema Hlubi,
Lesedi Radebe, Moorosi Semase, and their coach,
Boy Soke.

The University of the Free State Qwaqwa Campus’ cross country team has had a successful season so far. The team has competed in the Eastern Free State Championships that were recently held in Bethlehem, where they qualified to compete provincially in Bloemfontein and eventually, nationally in the Western Cape.

During the Bethlehem meeting, rising star Moorosi Semase clocked 27:26 in the under-19 8-km category, whilst in the 4-km under-22 section Kovsie team mates reigned with ease as they occupied all four top positions. Malema Hlubi was the fastest in 11:13, followed by Lebohang Miya (11:33), Lindokuhle Miya (11:39), and Lebohang Tsotetsi (11:45). In the senior 10-km race, Lesedi Radebe and Bheki Sishi respectively came first and second. These results qualified them for the Free State Championships that were held in Bloemfontein on 13 August 2016.

In congratulating his charges, their coach and astute runner himself, Boy Soke said: “I am very proud of the achievements of these dedicated athletes. It is through their dedication and hard work that we have qualified for the National Championships in George in the Western Cape on 10 September 2016.”

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