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30 November 2020 | Story Nonsidiso Qwabe | Photo Supplied

Acclaimed South African writer, author, and UFS research fellow Zubeida Jaffer was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for her career in journalism during the Standard Bank Sivukile Awards ceremony. 

Passion for journalism spans decades
During the award ceremony on 15 October 2020, Jaffer received the prestigious Allan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises a sustained and extraordinary contribution to journalism. Jaffer said she never chose journalism, but journalism chose her. She said when she first stepped into a newsroom looking for a holiday job in the 1970s, she did not know she had stepped into her future in news reporting. Since then, Jaffer has earned many accolades in the journalism industry as well as in academia. She also became an acclaimed author, and wrote her third book, Beauty of the Heart: The Life and Times of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke, during her time as a writer-in-residence at the UFS. While at the UFS, she founded the online media platform, The Journalist, a platform that provides history and context for key issues facing South African journalists. This portal also links students with academics across the country and will soon be extended to the African continent and the diaspora.

Jaffer said she felt blessed to be recognised among the many journalism pioneers in South Africa. 

“It’s extremely wonderful because it came so out of the blue. This year, with COVID-19, I was digging deep, and trying my best to keep focus. I’m very thankful. It’s made me pause, reflect, and realise that a lot of things I’ve done have been of value. When living your life, it’s not that you’re aware of that all the time. There are many people doing great things who don’t always get this kind of recognition,” Jaffer said.

Still a great need for journalists in South Africa 

Talking about journalism today, Jaffer said: “I am often overwhelmed to witness the enthusiasm and determination of young journalists across the country who come from humble backgrounds and inspire those around them. Our country is gripped in a bipolar condition. It is not clear how the healing will come, but it will. The challenge is to keep our minds in balance so that we can be strong enough to root out corruption and gender-based violence, while at the same time fully understanding our blessings as a people.”

UFS alumna Rising Star in Journalism 

In another accolade for the UFS, the Upcoming/Rising Star of the Year award went to former UFS Journalism student Brümilda Swartbooi for her article titled ‘Sy het hard vir ons gewerk’. The article highlighted the senseless killing of a woman outside her workplace, minutes after her husband dropped her off.

Brümilda Swartbooi. Photo: Supplied

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UFS exceeds record at spring graduation ceremony
2006-09-11

The University of the Free State (UFS) will award 1 048 degrees and diplomas to students from the Vista and Main campuses this year during the spring graduation ceremony.  This is 163 more degrees and diplomas than last year.  

Due to the increase in numbers, this year’s spring graduation ceremony will be held over two days.  In the past degrees and diplomas were awarded in one day.

Altogether, 606 degrees, 413 diplomas and 29 doctorates will be awarded.  The diploma ceremony will take place on Wednesday 13 September 2006 at 14:30 and the graduation ceremonies will take place on Thursday 14 September 2006 at 08:30 and 14:30.

On Thursday 14 September 2006 at 08:30, 176 degrees and 9 doctorates will be awarded in the Faculty of Humanities, 48 degrees and 1 doctorate in the Faculty of Health Sciences, 29 degrees and 2 doctorates in the Faculty of Law and 7 degrees in the Faculty of Theology.  

At 14:30 that same day 198 degrees and 1 doctorate will be awarded in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and 148 degrees and 16 doctorates in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Both ceremonies will be presented in the Callie Human Centre on the Main Campus.  

Media release
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Media Representative
Tel:  (051) 401-2584
Cell:  083 645 2454
E-mail:  loaderl.stg@mail.uovs.ac.za 
8 September 2006

 

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