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12 September 2019 | Story Valentino Ndaba | Photo Charl Devenish
Arbor tree plant
To celebrate National Arbor Week the University of the Free State has embarked on a drive to plant 150 trees during the month of September

If you’ve wondered whether Arbor Month was important, you only have to look at the destruction and long-term damage that deforestation causes to the environment and the world’s inhabitants. To observe National Arbor Month, the University of the Free State’s has (UFS) kick-started a drive to plant 150 trees during the month of September.

To launch this initiative, the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Francis Petersen, alongside members of the rectorate, assisted the University Estates team in planting the first 10 of 100 trees at the Bloemfontein Campus on Wednesday 4 September 2019. A total of 50 trees will be planted on the Qwaqwa Campus.

Towards a sustainable future

“We have gone through periods of drought in the Free State that have severely impacted not only the plants but the trees on our campuses. The idea is to emphasise sustainability, and as a university, we believe that sustainability is important. As an education institution, we have to look at the generations that are still to come to our campuses,” said Prof Petersen.

He urged the Kovsie community to ensure that all practices across the campuses are linked to global standards of sustainability. “As we develop over the next couple of months and years, we will get much closer alignment between what we are doing as a university and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Drought-resistant man-made forests

Clusters of mini forests across the campuses will be created with a variety of trees including the karee, white karee, white stinkwood, and wild olive. These indigenous trees can adapt well to different soils including those that are poorly drained.

Celebrating Arbor Week

This year’s campaign was held under the theme Forests and Sustainable Cities. As part of the celebration, University Estates made a commitment to the environment by embarking on the green initiative which includes other project such as the upgrade of Red Square on the Bloemfontein Campus.

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Kovsie Open Day
2005-04-15

The Kovsie Open Day will once again be hosted by the University of the Free State on 5 and 6 May 2005. The Kovsie Open Day is a window on the opportunities the University offers learners to equip themselves for their careers.

Learners are welcome to visit the exhibitions in the Callie Human Centre and Thakaneng Studentcentre from 08:30-16:30 on Thursday 5 May and from 08:30 - 14:00 on Friday 6 May. The same programme will be presented on both days. At this event learners will be introduced to all aspects of student life… and a lot more.

All the exhibitions of the Faculties will be at the Callie Human Centre and the Hostels and Student affairs will be outside the Callie Human. All the shops and Restaurants at the Thakaneng Bridge will be open with many "Openday specials".

Contact Mrs. Linda Greyling with any enquiries at 051-401 3384.
 

 

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