2021 UFH Most Memorable Moments

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As the 2022 Academic Year gets underway, we reflect on some of the university-generated good news stories that made headlines on the UFH News website, social media pages and external media in 2021. 

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the university remained steadfast in making 2021 a success. During the 12-month period, the university had many reasons to celebrate such as the launch of the Student Village – SA’s largest student housing development, two successful graduation seasons, launching of the first-ever Research Report and who could ever forget the VC sharing the stage with multi-Grammy-award-winning Isicathamiya music group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 

Below is a compilation of some of the good news stories reported in 2021 (from the earliest to recent published):

The Nursing Science Department under the Faculty of Health Sciences launched an exciting new qualification: a Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/SAQAAPPROVESNEWUFHQUALIFICATIONBachelorNursingandMidwifery


UFH turned 105 years, Music Department delivers an impromptu virtual concert during senate meeting in celebration. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHTURNS105MUSICCHOIRRENDERSIMPROMPTUVIRTUALCONCERTDURINGSENATEMEETINGCELEBRATION


Nursing Science staff participate in Covid-19 Vaccination training https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHNursingSciencestaffparticipateCovid19Vaccinationtraining


Nelson R Mandela School of Law introduced a ground-breaking qualification - a Master of Laws in Competition Regulation. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/FacultyLawintroducesnewqualificationMasterLawsCompetitionRegulation


Nkuhlu Department of Accounting received a donation of R500 000 from Deloitte, one of the Big Four and the largest professional services network in the world. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/SYMBOLLOVEFORTHAREDeloitteDonatesR500000UFHDepartmentAccounting


The first-ever online Institutional Student Parliament (ISP) was held and resulted in the election of a new ISP leadership. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/NewInstitutionalStudentParliamentLeadersofficiallyseat


The Department of Human Movement Science (HMS) within the Faculty of Health Sciences was awarded a yearly grant of R400 000 over the next three years by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) to investigate the risks associated with non-communicable diseases (NCDs). https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/FacultyHealthSciencessecuresSAMRCresearchgrantinvestigateNonCommunicableDiseaserisks


A delegation from the National Liberation Heritage Institute of South Africa (NaLHISA) and Multichoice South Africa undertook a two-day (4-5 March) site visit to the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre (NAHECS) located on the Alice Campus. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/NationalLiberationHeritageInstituteundertakessitevisitNAHECScentreAlicecampus


NRF Awards South Africa’s first SARChI Chair in Sexualities, Gender and Queers studies to Prof Zethu. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/NRFAWARDSSOUTHAFRICA


Professor Anthony Okoh from the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture was elected as a Fellow by the Royal Society of Biology’s Council” effective 1 April 2021.



Chancellor, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC was appointed as interim transformation ombudsman at Cricket SA (CSA) for a period of six months. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/MINISTERIALAPPOINTMENTSEESUFHCHANCELLORDRIVINGTRANSFORMATIONDIVERSITYANDBELONGINGSACRICKET


UFH participates in the University of Bologna’s Virtual Mobility Programme. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHparticipatesUniversityBolognasVirtualMobilityProgramme


Law students reach the semi-finals of the Public Interest Law Moot Competition. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHmakesitsemifinalsPublicInterestLawMootCourtCompetition


Prof Ntlama, acting Head of the Fort Hare UNESCO Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights within the Nelson R Mandela School of Law appointed as Chairperson of Netball South Africa’s Disciplinary Committee of Appeals. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/ProfessorThandiNtlamaAppointedChairNSADisciplinaryCommitteeAppeals


Faculty of Management and Commerce is placed at the helm of a groundbreaking study into the utilisation and accessibility of cyber-infrastructure within historically disadvantaged institutions (HDI’s) https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHleadsR225mnationaljointresearchprojectcyberinfrastructure


Minister Blade Nzimande unveils Student Village, SA’s biggest student housing development. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/MinisterNzimandeunveilsAliceStudentVillageSAslargeststudenthousingdevelopment


Prof Werner Nel leads Research expedition in sub-Antarctica. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHsProfWernerNelleadsresearchexpeditionsubAntarctica


The University bestowed honorary doctorates on Justice Mandisa Maya, Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Ms Sindiswa Magona during a two-part hybrid (Live +Virtual) Winter Graduation ceremony. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHawardsover3000qualificationsandthreeHonoraryDoctoralDegrees2021JuneWinterGraduation


Former Soldier obtains Bachelor of Science Degree from UFH. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/ExSoldierobtainsBachelorScienceBScDegree


BCom Law graduate overcomes severe health challenges. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/GIVINGNOTOPTIONBComLawGraduateSiphamandlaBoyceOvercomesSevereHealthChallenges


Former Domestic worker graduates with Bachelor of Education (Foundation Phase) Degree. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/DomesticWorkerandCashierSchoolTeacherNandiphaMilisigraduatesBEdDegree


UFH Lecturer, Chuma Mjali appointed as a member of Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHLecturerChumaMjaliappointedmemberIndependentRegulatoryBoardAuditorsIRBA


The UFH Zoology and Entomology Department featured on the Aquaculture Africa Magazine (AAM) live online FOCUS session. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News12


The University of Fort Hare inaugurates new SRC https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UniversityFortHareinauguratesnewSRC


Associate Professor, Roxanne Piderit was announced President of AISSAC - the Southern African Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/ProfRoxannePideritElectedPresidentAISSAC


UFH choirs (Alice and East London) recorded 16 songs with television gospel show Melodi on Dumisa TV (channel 340). https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHChoirsfeatureMzantsiMagicChanel340


Art project and Music Concert in honour of UFH Visionary Women and the late Nosicelo Mtebeni  https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHANNOUNCESARRANGEMENTSMEMORIALIZATIONN...


UFH hosts 18th African Language Association of Southern Africa International Conference. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHhosts18thAfricanLanguageAssociationSouthernAfricaInternationalConference


Alumna, Zintle Mpupha became the second South African female rugby player to secure a deal in Europe after being signed by English club Exeter Chiefs. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHalumnamakeshistorysecondfemalerugbyplayersecureEuropeandeal


UFH hosts its first-ever Men's Dialogue on GBV and Patriarchy https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHhostsMensDialogueGBVandPatriarchy


Prof Mzikazi Nduna, incoming Dean for the Faculty of Health Sciences was selected as one of eight experts from different African countries to serve on the Presidential Technical Reference Team for the Review of Gender Discriminatory Laws in Africa. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/ProfMzikaziNdunajoinsPresidentialTechnicalReferenceTeamReviewDiscriminatoryLawsAfrica


Seven UFH Students progress to semi-finals in 2021 National Budget Speech Competition https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/SevenUFHStudentsprogresssemifinals2021NationalBudgetSpeechCompetition


Current and Former Baby Blues players selected for European Springbok Women's Rugby tour. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHCurrentandFormerStudentsselectedSpringbokWomensRugbyTeamfaceFranceweekend


The University announced progress for its R130 million water infrastructure project, which will benefit students as well as residents and the economy of Alice, Eastern Cape, is well underway. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UNIVERSITYFORTHARER130MILLIONWATERINFRASTRUCTUREPROJECTWELLUNDERWAY


Petrol Attendant graduates with law degree during Summer Graduation https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/Mdantsanepetrolattendantgraduateslawdegree


Graduates of the Nkuhlu Department of Accounting attained a 91% pass rate for the second sitting of the 2021 Initial Test of Competence (ITC). https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHAccountingGraduatesachieve91passrateSAICAITCTest


Fort Hare Dairy Trust won big at the 2021 Amadlelo Agri Awards. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/FortHareDairyTrustwinsbig2021AmadleloAgriAwards


VC Rewards Excellence and launches first-ever Research Report. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/VCRewardsExcellenceandlaunchesfirsteverResearchReport


UFH Law Alumna was named Lawyer of the Year. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHLawAlumnanamedLawyerYear


Faculty of Law and the Black Lawyers Association – Legal Education Centre (BLA- LEC) solidified their long-standing relationship with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHandBlackLawyersAssociationformalizerelations


The University and Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM) made history together when they signed a memorandum of understanding that seeks to preserve the illustrious history of the multi-Grammy-award-winning Isicathamiya music group. https://www.ufh.ac.za/news/News/UFHpreserveillustrioushistoryLadysmithBlackMambazo


Watch the VC perform with Ladysmith Black Mambazo: https://fb.watch/amwtojbG7d/


 We look forward to creating more memorable moments in 2022.


Compiled by Aretha Linden - Institutional Advancement.