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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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SA men's hockey team prepare for Commonwealth Games on UFS soil
2010-09-08

The SA men’s hockey team prepares for the Common Wealth Games on the Astros at the UFS.
Photo: Supplied

For the second time this year the South African men’s hockey team will prepare for a big sporting event on the Astros of the University of the Free State (UFS), this time for the Commonwealth Games that are taking place in Delhi, India. At the beginning of the year South Africa’s number one men’s hockey team, together with the first- and fourth- ranking teams, Germany and the team from The Netherlands; also utilised the UFS’s facilities to prepare for the World Cup that took place earlier this year, also in New Delhi.

This is proof that the UFS is succeeding in its goal: availing world-class facilities to its students and to support sports as a whole in South Africa.

The team will train from Saturday, 4 September until Thursday, 9 September 2010. On Monday and Tuesday evening the UFS men’s hockey team will play a practice match against our national men’s hockey team.

 

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