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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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Closing date for SRC nominations extended to 10 August 2011
2011-08-10

Statement by the Independent Elections Agency (IEA)

Yesterday (4 August 2011), the Independent Elections Agency (IEA) decided to extend the nomination period for the election of a Student Representative Council (SRC) for the University of the Free State (UFS) to Wednesday, 10 August 2011.

By 3 August 2011, several nominations had been received for the 12 elective portfolios within the week allowed for nominations. The IEA expresses its appreciation for the number of nominations already received and the general student support for the elections.

However, the IEA considers the time allowed in the elections schedule for nominations to take place as too short. In the interest of allowing as many students as possible to avail themselves for the opportunity to participate in the SRC nomination and so allowing reasonably sufficient time for greater numbers of students to participate in the process, the nomination period has been extended to 13:00 on Wednesday, 10 August 2011.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the Reception Desk at the Student Life Centre and on the Thakaneng Bridge of the university’s Bloemfontein Campus.
 
 
Media Release
10 August 2011
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Director: Strategic Communication
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: news@ufs.ac.za

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