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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 obtains a court interdict
2008-03-07

The University of the Free State (UFS) today (Thursday, 6 March 2008) obtained a court interdict to maintain calm on the Main and Vista Campuses in Bloemfontein.

The interdict was obtained in view of the fact that a number of outside organisations are planning to hold mass demonstrations on the Main and Vista Campuses of the UFS in the coming weeks.

Since the publicising of the Reitz video, the situation on the Main Campus continues to be tense, with sporadic incidents of disruptions and intimidation. The campus is also in a period where students are writing tests and need to prepare for these tests.

The management is of the view that mass protests on the campuses under the current circumstances will worsen the already tense situation. We feel that it is important for our students to continue their academic work and to deal with the issue of the video in a constructive environment.

The interdict is supplementary to the previous one that was obtained by the UFS on 21 February 2008 and is applicable to all registered students for 2008, staff, and outside persons.

The interdict prohibits the following activities among others: a gathering, demonstration, picketing, the holding of a meeting, forming of a protest march or to convene in a group in the open air on any campus of the UFS.

Media Release
Issued by: Anton Fisher
Director: Strategic Communication
Tel: 051 401 3422
Cell: 072 207 8334
E-mail: fishera.stg@ufs.ac.za  
6 March 2008

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