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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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Alumni Stage Door 2005: Tickets
2005-02-11

Tickets: Available at Culture Office ( Louis Botha) Thakaneng-Bridge Room 55 from 16 Februarie
Tel: 401-2819,
Entrance Fee: R15 p.p.

Final: Callie Human Centre
3 Maart 2005 - 18:30.

Guest Artist: Philip Marais

Alumni Stage Door
Alumni Stage Door previously known as Stage Door is definitely one of the highlights to look out for on the Arts & Culture calendar for 2005. Each hostel gets the opportunity to select a first year group of 20-30 members to participate in a very enjoyable and competitive competition. The groups must then produce a production which consists of 70% drama and acting and 30% singing.

Rotations: Ladies 28 February 2005
Men 1 March 2005
Final: 3 March 2005

The theme for Alumni Stage Door 2005 is : "Once upon a time"

For further details please contact:
A.C. Geldenhuys
SRC: Arts and Culture

Office:(051) 401 9122
Cell: 084 585 3338
 

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