Fungal infections might be dangerous to COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms in ICU
COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms who end up in intensive care units in hospitals are at risk of contracting an invasive fungal infection that might influence their outcomes and hamper treatment efforts. These fungal co-infections in COVID-19 patients on ventilators may contribute to the high mortality rate of these... Read more
Specialisation needed to properly fight the corruption pandemic in South Africa
South Africa does not have the specialisation to fight corruption. There is a need to determine what sort of specialisation is required in order to properly address the kind of corruption that is starting to look like it is endemic in South Africa. This is according to Adv Hermione... Read more
UFS Thought-Leader Webinar: Corruption in South Africa: the endemic pandemic
The scourge of corruption in South Africa has become endemic at all levels of the state and has rapidly accelerated the nation’s descent from the position of credibility that it once occupied during the era of Nelson Mandela.  With billions of rands stolen, the economy damaged, many state-owned enterprises... Read more
Bullied learners can become suicidal: What needs to be done to stop bullying in schools?
Lufuno Mavhunga, a 15-year-old female learner at Mbilwi Secondary School in Limpopo, South Africa, was aggressively assaulted by another learner at school. The video showing the humiliating violent attack was circulated on various social media platforms. Sadly, Lufuno subsequently died as a result of suicide. During the bullying incident,... Read more
UFS experts analyse social media data in study to combat COVID-19
The lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on society presented the experts at the University of the Free State (UFS) with an opportunity – to conduct a scientific study by analysing our social media data in order to assist government health communicators to reflect on their communication strategies and,... Read more
Three honorary doctorates among qualifications conferred by the UFS during April graduations
The University of the Free State (UFS) will be presenting its biggest virtual graduation ceremony so far when students who have completed their qualifications at the end of 2020, will graduate from 19 to 22 April 2021.  Part of the week’s graduation proceedings will be the conferral of three... Read more
Student Funding and Higher Education in South Africa: What to do?
With a COVID-hit, shrinking economy and a mounting public debt burden, the Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, announced a tight budget in February 2021. This budget also constrained its allocation to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Within the DHET budget, the allocation to the National... Read more
UFS extraordinary professor appointed to serve in the Constitutional Court
Judge Dhaya Pillay, Extraordinary Professor in the Free State Centre for Human Rights at the University of the Free State (UFS) Faculty of Law, has been appointed an Acting Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Judge Pillay will serve in this capacity in the country’s highest court... Read more
Four new extraordinary professors for the Free State Centre for Human Rights
An acting judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, a renowned scholar of African history and African studies, a former deputy chair of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and a scholar in the field of constitutional law, human rights, and public law. These... Read more
UFS implements measures to further ensure successful continuation of academic programme
In an effort to further ensure the successful continuation of the 2021 academic programme, the University of the Free State (UFS) has implemented a number of measures related to financial support to students and the academic programme.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges to universities across the country; for... Read more

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