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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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Business breakfast nurtures key partnerships
2014-09-05

 

Dr Reuel Khoza

In growing and nurturing key projects and initiatives, the university hosted more than fifty partners and alumni at a business breakfast in Sandton, Johannesburg on 27 August 2014. The occasion was conceived by Institutional Advancement in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Rector.

Discussions focused on the central role which institutional partnerships play in growing the university’s capacity to extend its reach in supporting schools and growing technologically-based educational tools for disadvantaged communities around the Free State and the country at large.

In his remarks, Prof Jansen thanked partners for their continued support and for joining hands with the university in supporting key projects and initiatives that have improved the level of education in the Free State, provided skills development and nurtured young leaders.

The guest of honour Dr Reuel Khoza, non-Executive Chairman of Nedbank and co-host Dr Marcus Ingram, Director of Institutional Advancement, discussed the role of meaningful leadership in the African context and social and political structures that are instrumental in developing future leaders. As stated simply but powerfully by Dr Khoza, “If not us, then who?”

In attendance were heads of corporations, key role players in partner organisations and NGOs, alumni and Corporate Social Investment specialists from leading financial institutions. 
 

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