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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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UFS Marketing scoops Unitech award
2007-11-27

Printed materials produced by the marketing division at the University of the Free State (UFS) have been chosen as the best in the External Marketing: Marketing Material and Brochures category during the recent Unitech awards in Durban.

Unitech is an umbrella body for marketing and communications professionals in higher education in South Africa. UFS Marketing competed against 27 other tertiary institutions that took part in the Excellence Awards to claim this prestigious honour.

The awards recognise excellence in three major areas of expertise that are considered global best practices, namely marketing, communication and development. They provide tertiary institutions with a competitive platform to measure the quality and relevance of marketing material and communication with regard to their prospective target markets, in addition to evaluating the quality of marketing products between institutions.

The effectiveness and efficiency of marketing material was determined by:

  • The extent to which the information needs of the target groups were satisfied
  • The quality of communicated messages
  • The utilisation of communication media
  • The effective utilisation of communication networks within tertiary institutions

Media Release
Issued by: Mangaliso Radebe
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2828
Cell: 078 460 3320
E-mail: radebemt.stg@mail.ufs.ac.za  
26 November 2007
 

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