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07 May 2019 | Story Valentino Ndaba | Photo Charl Devenish
Noko Masalesa
Noko Masalesa, Director of Protection Services, in conversation with students and stakeholders to plan a safe way forward.

Safety and security are human rights that constitute social justice. At the centre of the agenda at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Social Justice Week held on the Bloemfontein Campus from 17-22 April 2019 were discussions about off-campus safety. Stakeholders agreed on an upgrade to security measures in order to ensure the success and wellbeing of the student population.

A call to students

Prof John Mubangizi, Dean of the Faculty of Law, in his capacity as representative of the UFS Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Francis Petersen, expressed his view on institutions of higher learning no longer functioning as ivory towers. “For any initiative to succeed, collaboration is necessary between key roleplayers,” he said.

He aptly pointed out that: “We cannot underscore the importance of safety and security, not only for the university but also for the communities around us. What the university does benefits the community and vice versa. I pledge the university’s commitment to play a leading part to ensure that the collaboration works,” said Prof Mubangizi.

Beefing up security: Who is involved?

In view of the collaborative effort Prof Mubangizi alluded to, the engagement was twofold. First was the roundtable discussion facilitated by Protection Services which then escalated into a public dialogue where students had the opportunity to interact with external delegates.

The South African Police Services, Community Police Forum, Private Security, Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Provincial Commissioner, and Deputy Minister of Police were well represented in this critical conversation. Internally, members of Protection Services, Housing and Residence Affairs, Student Affairs, Institute for Social Justice and Reconciliation, Student Representative Council, and the Department of Criminology heard the plight of off-campus safety faced by students.

Changes in the horizon

The discussions culminated with recommendations which will see the future of student safety take a different direction. According to Skhululekile Luwaca, former SRC president, these include “the municipality’s commitment to immediately address issues such as street lights and enforcing by-laws, ensuring an integrated accreditation system, and drafting a policy for off-campus accommodation, running more crime awareness campaigns, and giving police patrols more visibility.”

In addition to resolving to set up a student safety forum with all the stakeholders, the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality has invited the UFS to join Reclaim the City – a safety forum where practical solutions to crime are devised and implemented on a weekly basis.


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‘Celebrating the music of our times’
2013-07-15



Esemble Trans.Z
15 July 2013

Programme (pdf)

The Odeion School of Music (OSM) is hosting New Music Week from 17 to 20 July 2013, celebrating the music of our times. Ensembles such as the OSM Camerata, the Odeion String Quartet, Esemble Trans.Z and the New Music Ensemble from NWU are scheduled to perform. They will perform during two gala concerts on 19 and 20 July 2013.

Workshops and lectures will also be presented during the week. One of these, Sound in Motion, will be presented by Esemble Trans.Z. This music improvisation workshop is presented in the form of a soundtrack for a silent film. The objective is an attempt to educate students about the technical and musical concepts related to New Music by means of free composition and mapped improvisation. Each member of Ensemble Trans.Z will be assigned to a group ofstudents according to their instrument of choice. Given a certain amount of time to learn and practice the techniques taught, students will have the opportunity to create a soundtrack for a short silent film.

See attached programme for details about workshops and lectures to be presented.

The following admission fee will be charged for the gala concerts:

R110 – Adults

R70 – Pensioners, students and learners.

Tickets are available at Computicket or at the door.

Enquries: Ninette Pretorius at PretoriusN@ufs.ac.za

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