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Chris Vorster
Chris was on stage in 'Die Hart Verklap' at the Toyota US Woordfees in Stellenbosch recently.

“Difficult and very strange,” is how Chris Vorster, veteran actor and Drama lecturer at the University of the Free State (UFS) describes his role as Bas Koorts in the supernatural thriller Die Spreeus

For Chris, the biggest challenge during the filming of Die Spreeus was to work in front of a green screen. “You never see the monsters and things attacking you, it is only added later on during the editing process,” he said. Therefore, he and his co-actors were expected to use their own imagination “to be frightened, and to duck and dive from something that does not exist.” 

This Afrikaans thriller series has recently been nominated in five categories of the South African Film and Television Awards, including Best Television Drama, Best Cinematography, and Original Sound and Sound Editing. 

Chris was also nominated for a Fiësta award in 2019 for his one-man performance in the theatre production, Die Hart verklap. “It is fantastic to still be recognised for my work,” he said, “but I also have to give recognition to Dion van Niekerk, because without a good director, any actor will be lost.” Van Niekerk also lectures Drama at the UFS.

Being a lecturer broadens his knowledge 

Chris joined the UFS Department of Drama and Theatre Arts in 2015 as lecturer in the programme for Film en Visual Media. “Everything I learn in the industry I apply as lecturer, and research and teaching feed more knowledge on acting, directing, and especially writing,” he said. After five years, being involved with the UFS Department of Drama is still exciting to him. “This is where both lecturers and students get encouraged to do more than just breathing.” 

With his busy schedule of teaching and acting, it remains important to him that South Africans are still able to tell stories – “in any language”. He considers it a privilege for anyone to work in their mother tongue. This is also why the symbiosis between his work as actor and lecturer is so appealing.

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UFS premieres new website with responsive design for mobile use
2017-10-30


A project of almost two years culminated in the launch of a fresh design for the official website of the UFS on 30 October 2017.
 
World-class website
Through international benchmarking, the overall user experience (UX) has been improved, as well as the searchability of the site, which will assist in channelling more traffic to the UFS website. The new web design is entirely responsive, which means that users of mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones get to view the site in a customised screen size for their particular device. Since more South African users are browsing the web on mobile devices, this responsiveness addresses a pressing need in the sector.

Improving overall user experience
The improved UX of the website also ensures that users spend more time on the page. One new feature, for instance, is an interactive digital map of each of our three campuses.

This extended project was a collaboration of the Enterprise Data and Content Management division of ICT Services and the Unit for Social Media and Website Content in the Department of Communication and Brand Management.

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