New buildings shine on campus

2016-05-04 06:00
THE plaque of the Health and Wellness Centre at the University of the Free State (UFS) Qwaqwa Campus was recently unveiled by Prof. Nicky Morgan (UFS vice-rector of operations) and Mathapelo Moloi. Photo: Tladi Moloi

THE plaque of the Health and Wellness Centre at the University of the Free State (UFS) Qwaqwa Campus was recently unveiled by Prof. Nicky Morgan (UFS vice-rector of operations) and Mathapelo Moloi. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The new multi-million facilities at the University of the Free State (UFS) Qwaqwa campus, were officially opened by Prof. Nicky Morgan, the UFS vice-rector of operations, on Tuesday, 26 April.

The facilities include an amphitheatre, a Natural and Agricultural Sciences building, the Health and Wellness Centre, residences, a sports centre and the main gate.

When Morgan cut the ribbons, a good and happy feeling surrounded everyone who attended the ceremony on the Qwaqwa Campus.

Paseka Sikhosana, the SRC president, said he was happy that the university had grown.

“It gives me a sense of pride to see that this campus is growing.

“It is really a good sign which encourages students to work hard, even on their own, because they can use the science laboratories for experiments.

“The clinic is bigger and well equipped and students no longer have to travel to see doctors outside the campus, because everything is here.

“We just need to add a student centre, where all relevant authorities, administration and the SRC offices can be found without criss-crossing the campus.”

Morgan said this was a very good investment for education.

“These buildings have been designed to offer social spaces, living spaces, as well as learning spaces.

“This is good, because the university must cater for both human and academic projects.

“A lot of money has been invested in these buildings.

“For instance, the residence building has cost R150 million and the science building has cost about R50 million.

“We are still going to spend some money on the security of the campus, as well as on the taxis, which offer transport for our students.

“We are very lucky that our students choose to engage with us as the management of the university, unlike as in other parts of the country.

“We are not the opposition to students.

“We as the management come from the same community.

“Therefore, we understand that they have to complete their studies and go back to assist at home,” he said.

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