IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE: SOUTH POINT RESPONSE TO SA’S DECLARATION OF MINIMUM 21-DAY LOCKDOWN FROM 26 MARCH

IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE: SOUTH POINT RESPONSE TO SA’S DECLARATION OF MINIMUM 21-DAY LOCKDOWN FROM 26 MARCH

Dear student,

As communicated by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night, the country will be in a minimum 21-day lockdown, effective in less than 60 hours, and enforced by the South African National Defense Force.  As anticipated by us, the COVID-19 pandemic has become a national emergency of unprecedented scale, requiring an escalation of extraordinary interventions. As previously communicated to you, we strongly advise and plead with you to vacate your residences, as you will not be as safe in densely populated, limited service environments as you would be at home. We also do not know if the lockdown will be extended, as has happened in other countries. The lockdown will have far-reaching implications across the country:

  • You will not be allowed to leave your home, except under strictly controlled circumstances, such as seeking medical care, or buying food, medicine and other supplies or collecting a social grant. Life as we know it will cease to exist: all gyms, bars, restaurants, salons and retail stores will be closed.
  • Only essential services will be allowed to trade. South Point does not fall under this category.
  • Accordingly, South Point’s offices across the country will also be closed, with its office staff now forced to work remotely. Hence, staff or support services, including security and maintenance,
    will not be available for at least 21 days, effective from Friday, 27 March.
  • Likewise, our third-party service providers’ businesses are also categorised by the Government as non-essential and will therefore be forced to stop trading – call-outs will not be allowed. The non-essential services list includes cleaners, facilities service providers (e.g. glazing and lift companies, internet service providers, external plumbers and electricians, etc.).
  • To provide an update on communications sent to you on Saturday, 21 March: South Point commits to do its utmost to ensure basic services remain in place – as many students reported that they have already vacated, leaving food in their fridges, we will no longer turn off the power in our buildings; Wi-Fi will be provided on a best endeavour basis (its supply is reliant on third-party companies whose service-level agreements are now waived under the lockdown.

As the President appealed to all citizens: we all need to play our part in reducing the possibility of widespread infection in South Africa and it requires personal and commercial sacrifices from individuals and companies. We are doing the best we can to aid the national effort and we appeal to all students to do the same. These are extraordinary times, calling for extraordinary measures. These decisions have been taken in the greater national interest, and for your well-being.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:


Stay safe,
South Point

The answer to all these questions is a big YES!

For most institutions, if not all, the last week of January is when they have activities (which will be covered in the next blog post) on campus just to help first-year students with navigating their way through campus and of course knowing all the hotspots on campus.

In this post, we have outlined the hotspots of three major institutions.

Let’s find out which places were dubbed the hotspots in the various institutions.

  1. Wits University

Here’s a list of places that every Witsie student should know (regardless of the year of study);

  • Student Enrolment Centre
  • Library
  • Amic Deck
  • Bus Station
  • Great Hall
  • The Matrix (student centre)
  • University of Johannesburg

Here’s a list of places that every UJ student should know (regardless of the year of study);

  • Student Enrollment Centre
  • Library
  • Campus Health
  • Bus Station
  • Auditorium
  • SS (student centre)
  • Campus Square
  • Campus Orientation CPUT

Here’s a list of places that every UJ student should know (regardless of the year of study);

  • Computer Labs (found in the Commerce and Engineering Buildings)
  • Piazza (also known as chill spots)
  • Library
  • New café in the Engineering Building
  • Student Centre

The locations mentioned above are just a tip of the iceberg compared to what you’ll actually find on campus. You may be asking yourself, what about lecture halls? Where do I attend my tutorials?

Well, the answer is very simple. During orientation week every faculty has a day in which students enrolled in that faculty come on campus and are taken on a tour of campus in order to know where their specific lecture halls are. This is why institutions such as Wits stress the fact of attending orientation week so as to avoid you being led astray from one end of campus to the other.

I’m sure by now the question being asked is, what fun activities are being done for orientation week?

Our answer to that will be available in our next blog post.

For now, HAPPY CAMPUS NAVIGATION!

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