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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 wins intervarsity against North-West University
2010-08-10

Of the 22 matches that the students from the University of the Free State (UFS) played against the North-West University (NWU) during the Intervarsity this year, they won 11 matches and lost 10. Although the FNB Shimlas lost by the skin of their teeth (18-21) against the FNB NWU Pukke, Kovsies triumphed in various other areas. The UFS’s soccer first team beat NWU 1-0. On the golf course matters also turned out well when NWU lost 1-7 against the UFS. The UFS are also very proud of its men’s and women’s tennis teams that beat NWU with 26 matches against their 4.

This year’s Intervarsity boasted quite a few changes. Kovsies invited the other campuses of the NWU to participate in the Intervarsity and our Qwaqwa Campus was also involved for the first time. - Leonie Bolleurs

Photos: Rian Horn
 

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