UFS to rename and renew

2016-08-03 06:00

THE leadership of the University of the Free State (UFS) invites staff, students and alumni to make submissions for the renaming and renewal of statues, signs and symbols on the three campuses (two in Bloemfontein and one in Qwaqwa).

In line with the founding statement and guidelines of the Naming Committee of Council, the call will seek to retain the best representations of the history and identity of the UFS over more than a century.

This will be done while committing to the transformation imperatives of our new democracy so that the totality of statues, signs and symbols give credence to both the past and the future, all in line with the values of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

It will give special attention to creative submissions from staff, students and alumni, such as signs and symbols that reflect an entangled past and place rival memories in critical conversation.

The UFS management states that what­ever is proposed, its commitment to the Academic Project and the Human Project remain foundations on which inspirational proposals could be based. In the end, a campus that is richly diverse, inclusive and just in its symbolic infrastructure, would give visible meaning to the university’s commitment to social justice and reconciliation.

Submissions could include, but are not limited to, the following: the renaming of streets and buildings; the proposal of new statues and other symbols on campus; the renewal of artwork collections; the reconfiguration of existing statues and symbols; the introduction of memorial gardens; the instatement of new galleries, sculptures and literary collections; the establishment of prominent academic chairs or annual academic lectures in the name of illustrious figures, and so forth.

Particular attention should be given to new buildings in the process of being built, such as residences.

All submissions should be made to the Statues, Signs and Symbols Committee (SSSC) between 21 July and 31 August. Proposals can be delivered in hard copy to the office of the director: Communication and Brand Management at Room 49, Main Building, Bloemfontein Campus, or via email to sssc@ufs.ac.za.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.