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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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Outcomes of the CHE National Review of the LLB degree
2017-04-18

The Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS) participated in the 2016 national curriculum review of the LLB degree in 2016. This review was conducted under the auspices of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and had, as its purpose, the evaluation of the extent to which the four-year LLB degree meets its objectives.

The draft report that was issued to the UFS Faculty of Law indicated that, although the degree largely meets most of the standards for the qualification, the primary concern of the CHE regarding the programme is the number of credits students are required to complete for the degree.

Based on CHE credit limits for programmes, the LLB degree programme is too overloaded for a four-year programme. The CHE thus requires the faculty to address its concerns.

As the faculty had already indicated that the current LLB curriculum be replaced with a new one before the CHE review, it has already started with a recurriculation process and will be able to supply the CHE with a strategy and implementation plan to address its concerns by mid-October 2017, as requested.

 

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