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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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State of our campuses: All UFS campuses reopen on Tuesday 27 September 2016
2016-09-27

All UFS campuses reopen on Tuesday 27 September 2016

All academic and administrative services on the three campuses of the University of the Free State (UFS) will resume on Tuesday 27 September 2016. 

The following decisions regarding the academic calendar are confirmed:

1. Students who missed tests and/or lectures from 19 to 26 September 2016 are requested to contact their respective faculties as from Tuesday 27 September 2016. This arrangement is also applicable to students whose tests and/or classes were disrupted on Monday 19 September 2016.
2. All tests and lectures scheduled from 27-30 September 2016 will continue as normal.
3. The holiday will take place as scheduled in the official university calendar (i.e. 3-7 October 2016).
4. Exams will continue as scheduled in the official university calendar. The main exam will still take place from 24 October to 12 November 2016, and the additional exam will take place from 14 November to 2 December 2016.

The necessary safety measures will be in place on all three campuses.

During a peaceful march, the senior leadership furthermore received a memorandum from the Free Education Movement (FEM) on the Bloemfontein Campus this afternoon, and will respond within the time frame agreed upon.

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