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Dr Thandi Gumede
Dr Thandi Gumede graduated with a PhD in Polymer Science. She is from Intabazwe, Harrismith.

The Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State was a hive of activity on 17 and 18 May 2019, when over 800 degrees, diplomas, and certificates were conferred on deserving achievers. These included six PhDs and 14 master’s degrees across the four faculties.

Congratulating the graduates on both days, was Africa’s youngest PhD and Industrial Psychology lecturer, Dr Musawenkosi Saurombe, and Prof Francis Petersen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor.

Be like heat

Dr Saurombe started her address by relating her school journey that saw her starting Grade 1 at age 5, thus later matriculating at the age of 15, having skipped Grades 3 and 10. She went on to emphasise the importance of building an honourable character.

“As a graduate, you will soon realise that your degree is useless if you do not have character,” she said to an attentive audience that continued to marvel at her remarkable school history. She encouraged graduates to be like heat that cannot be seen but can only be felt. “Noise can often be seen and heard, but it cannot be felt. However, while heat cannot always be seen, it is always felt. Be like heat and may your presence always be felt,” she said.

Do not focus on yourself

Prof Francis Petersen also encouraged graduates to look beyond their degrees by developing a set of critical values.
 
“For us as the university, this ceremony is not just about your degrees. It is about the values that you must live by,” he said. “As a graduate of the UFS, do not just believe what you are told. Ask questions and engage critically. Secondly, do not just focus on yourself. Remember that you are part of a community and it is your responsibility to make our world a better place for others. You need to be socially responsive to the needs of your community. Thirdly, remember that integrity plays a very important role. This will determine how others value you,” he said.

The two ceremonies also saw three current SRC members graduating. They are Lebohang Miya (BEd FET – Accounting and Business Studies), Duduzile Mhlongo (BA – Geography and isiZulu), and Mhlongo Sinemfundo (BA – Geography and isiZulu).

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UFS orders forensic investigation at computer services division
2005-11-11

(Statement by Prof Frederick Fourie, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS)

Two Deputy Directors from the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Computer Services Division have been put on compulsory leave pending a further investigation.  This was announced today by the UFS senior management.

This action is related to an earlier internal investigation ordered by the UFS senior management after possible irregularities at the division were brought under their attention.

The findings of this internal investigation were handed to the Commercial Branch of the South African Police Services (SAPS) and a group of forensic auditors for further investigation.

The SAPS confiscated equipment and documentation from the offices of the Computer Services Division. 

Equipment and documentation were also confiscated from two companies in Bloemfontein which are related to the case.

This process arouse out of the commitment of the UFS to good and transparent corporate management.  Any irregularities are thoroughly investigated.  Strict action will be taken against any staff or students who are found guilty of wrongful behaviour. 

Media release
Issued by:Lacea Loader
Media Representative
Tel:  (051) 401-2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail:  loaderl.stg@mail.uovs.ac.za
11 November 2005
 

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