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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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Prof. Magda Fourie leaves the UFS
2007-08-01

Prof. Magda Fourie, Vice-Rector Academic Planning at the University of the Free State (UFS), has resigned from her position and has been appointed as Vice-Rector: Learning at the University of Stellenbosch (US) as from 1 October 2007.

She has been appointed in the vacant position of Prof. Russel Botman, who was appointed as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the US at the end of 2006.

Prof. Fourie started her career at the UFS in 1998 as researcher in higher education and was later promoted to Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHESD).

She was appointed on 1 January 2004 as Vice-Rector: Academic Planning and is responsible for among others strategic planning (including strategic planning for the two satellite campuses of the UFS), academic planning (including programme planning and evaluation, institutional quality assurance, enrolment planning, research planning, community service, etc.), regional co-operation and academic development for students.

Media release
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za
31 July 2007

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