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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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Kovsies assured of position in Free State A Section of Interprovincial Hockey

The Free State women’s hockey team.
Photo: Supplied

The Free State women’s hockey team, boasting nine players from the University of the Free State (UFS), and captained by Lesley Ann George, has won the B Section of the Interprovincial Women’s Hockey Tournament in East London when they beat Peninsula (WP B) 5-1 in the finals. With that performance the Kovsies ensured that the Free State will participate in the A Section next year.

With 22 goals, Hettie Oosthuizen was the top goal-shooter at the tournament. She was included in the coming SA Hockey practice group together with Nicole Kemp.

More news are that Lesley Ann George, the Free State and Kovsies’ captain has been included in the Protea team that will participate in the Commonwealth Games in India later this year.

Other Kovsies who were also part of the extremely successful Free State team were: Christine Roos, Careau Nel, Jonelka Swanepoel, Felishia Shongwe, Orpah Pretorius and Berne van Wyk. Elsie Coetzer, Kovsies’ coach, was in charge of the successful Free State team.


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