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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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State of our campuses: Academic programme on all UFS campuses to resume on Monday 10 October 2016
2016-10-07

Changes to the UFS academic calendar

The academic programme on all campuses of the University of the Free State (UFS) will resume on Monday 10 October 2016.

Due to the extension of the vacation, the end-of-year examination will now start one week later and therefore end one week later.

The revised exam dates are:

Main end-of-year exam:


31 October-19 November 2016

Additional end-of-year exam:


21 November-10 December 2016

Timetables

The 2016 REVISED Main and Additional End-of-year examination timetables have been published on the UFS Web: http://www.ufs.ac.za/adhoc-pages/quick-links/official-timetables

Students can obtain personal examination timetables at Student Self-service: http://www.ufs.ac.za/kovsielife/student-self-service

Classes, tests, and practicals will be managed and communicated by faculties.  

The senior leadership of the university has taken all reasonable steps to secure the campuses and the campus community, and is monitoring the situation carefully. Should you feel unsafe in the coming weeks, please call the security helplines of the respective campuses.

Please monitor the official communication platforms for any UFS announcements on changes the university may have to communicate to you. These platforms are: UFS Facebook, Twitter, SMS, ‘State of our campuses’ email, and the UFS website.

Security helplines:
Bloemfontein and South Campuses: +27 51 401 2911 | +27 51 401 2634
Qwaqwa Campus: +27 58 718 5460 | +27 58 718 5042

Released by: Lacea Loader (Director: Communication and Brand Management)
Tel: +27 51 401 3422/2707 or +27 83 645 2454
Email: news@ufs.ac.za | loaderl@ufs.ac.za
Fax: +27 51 444 6393

 

State of our campuses #10: Impact of non-completion of the 2016 academic year on UFS students 

State of our campuses #9: Academic programme on all UFS campuses to resume on Monday 10 October 2016

State of our campuses #8:  UFS extends vacation as from 28 September until 7 October 2016, 28 September 2016

State of our campuses #7: All three UFS campuses will be closed today, 27 September 2016.

State of our campuses #6: All UFS campuses reopen on Tuesday 27 September 2016

State of our campuses #5: UFS campuses to remain closed on Monday 26 September 2016

State of our campuses #4: Decisions about the UFS academic calendar

State of our campuses #3: UFS campuses closed until Friday 23 September 2016 

State of our campuses #2: UFS Bloemfontein and South Campuses closed on Tuesday 20 September 2016 (19 September 2016)

State of our campuses #1: Academic activities suspended on UFS Bloemfontein Campus (19 September 2016)

 

 

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