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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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School of Nursing takes the lead in skills development in South Africa
2012-05-22

 

Professional nurses gained hands-on experience in Stoma-Care Nursing at a five-day short-learning programme at the UFS School of Nursing.
Photo: René-Jean van der Berg

22 May 2012

The School of Nursing presented the first Stoma Care Nursing short learning programme on the Bloemfontein Campus this week.

Mrs Diane Keegan, Assistant Director for Short Learning Programmes at the UFS School of Nursing, said this was the only programme of its type for professional nurses in South Africa.

“Stoma-care nursing is a sought-after skill in the health sector these days. There are very few professional stoma-care nurses in South Africa and not many new nurses get to learn these skills. This programme aims to fill skills shortages,” said Mrs. Keegan.
 
Stoma care refers to the care rendered by a professionally trained medical practitioner to a patient who has undergone an ostomy.
 
About 23 professional nurses from around the country attended the credit-bearing programme at the UFS.

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