CONSOLIDATION OF SELECT SOUTHPOINT RESIDENCES FOR THE 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

CONSOLIDATION OF SELECT SOUTHPOINT RESIDENCES FOR THE 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

Dear Tenant,

As we continue to navigate a period that’s filled with so much uncertainty, it’s important for us to ensure the continuous and efficient running of your residences, providing you with the best-possible environment and service, as well as transparent communication.

We want to emphasise that the health, safety and comfort of our tenants and employees will always remain our top priority, but we’ve also had to make some tough decisions around operations. In short, our residents are spread across too many buildings as the result of non-contact learning driven by the Covid-19 pandemic, making it very difficult to effectively manage our cleaning, security and facilities services.

Looking ahead, we need to consolidate our partially-full residences so as to streamline our operations. This means we will need to temporarily close some residences for the balance of 2021 academic year, with students moving to other SouthPoint residences. Importantly, the consolidation will also enable us to do much-needed repairs and maintenance in the empty buildings ahead of the 2022 academic year without disrupting any residents. We have forward-planned to ensure there is minimal effort and disruption (e.g. movers will assist tenants) and that there will be no financial impact on those students affected.


The way forward:

  1. We will be in touch throughout the week to further communicate on the moving process and timelines – as to who will need to move, to where and how.
  2. We will also share the communications channels to facilitate interaction between the SouthPoint team and impacted students.
  3. We are developing an FAQs platform to address all potential questions and concerns.
    It’s important to note that this was a difficult decision that was not taken lightly. We look forward to your cooperation.

Sincerely,
SouthPoint

25 Comments

  • avatar
    Morwa Ditire
    10th May 2021

    I wanted to ask if it would be possible to be moved with my roommate because we are sharing almost everything so if we get separated it will be very difficult for us to share.

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    Nkosi
    10th May 2021

    I’m from epozini, how about the small buildings come to epozini? Also, I came here with someone and I would to be in the same building with them. Also, can we choose where to go because we didn’t go to some buildings because of certain reasons, Phumelela is far and has some scary environment so is KSI. 46 de korte; is also far from where I wanna be, Argon House is basically at Velo and there’s a lot of noise, Bee Hive; there you buy electricity and I don’t have that kind of money to buy electricity so financially I’ll be affected same as Clifton Heights. I don’t mind being taken to Geldenhuys because the buildings is empty, I just passed there now and saw less than 10 lights. I also don’t want my comment to be posted I’m only voicing out my thoughts on this matter

    I hope our feelings will be taken into consideration, I hope you don’t wanna cut your expenses at our expense.
    Thank you

  • avatar
    Omuhle
    11th May 2021

    This should have been communicated with us before a decision was even made. Personally am not happy with this, at all….!

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    Nkosoxolo Hobana
    11th May 2021

    Can I choose a building now that I can go to? Because I’m from epozini and I know that we’ll definitely be moved to another building. The only buildings I can go to are 1. Geldenhuys, 2. Mvelelo, 3. VDS in that order. I can even move in to Geldenhuys today/tomorrow because in the coming weeks I’ll be very busy with school work and I might not be around when people are being move. According to me and after reading the article, the decision has been taken and we’ll be moved. Please please please, get back to me as soon as possible

    Thank you

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    Morwa
    12th May 2021

    So wanted to ask when are we moving out

  • avatar
    Wanga Mandiwana
    12th May 2021

    Kindly advise if it would be possible for tenants to chose which building they want to go to from the ones selected

  • avatar
    Claudette
    12th May 2021

    It will make things very hard for me and my roommate to separate because we share almost everything. Please consider moving us in the same building and same room because if not, it will make things really complex and difficult.

    • avatar
      Betty
      13th May 2021

      What if I don’t want to move to other buildings? can I cancel my lease without penalties? I understand that it was a hard decision to make and staff but I came to this specific building for a reason and I can’t stay in a building I’m not happy about. You guys should have consulted with us first before making such decisions.

  • avatar
    Property student that understands property relations
    13th May 2021

    You don’t respect tenants. You can’t just make decisions for us like we are at an old age home staying for free. We pay for the specific rooms we are in so if you are moving is it should be up to us where are want to live if not then it will be a problem. We have rights and we know them.

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    Makhayi Thabang
    13th May 2021

    Hi, can we please not be moved to buildings that are way further to school nor pay electricity, and also choose rooms coz some of the sharing rooms are so small they are meant for single rooms(like one I stayed in last year) and I countered that by choosing a bigger room this year so that I don’t live with a roommate in a single room.

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    Moloantoa Mokoena
    14th May 2021

    To be honest this is just unfair, as others have mentioned in the above comments…There are specific reasons we chose to book at buildings we are currently staying at, and now South Point wants to move us from places convenient for us just to cut costs??? Why were we allowed to sign leases if we were not going to stay in our chosen buildings for the duration of the lease? now we will be forced to stay in building we avoided for our own personal reasons, I am sorry but Blackburn is the only building I prefer because it is near campus and rooms are spacious. Mvelelo is a no for me, rooms are too small, Any building with prepaid electricity is also a no for me as some of us do not have the kind of money to buy electricity every now and then, so for peace sake I hope we won”t be moved from Blackburn because we are going to have a problem because south point is only saving costs at our expense, Otherwise I won”t mind moving to Norvic, The rest NO!!!!!!, KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT ANY OF THIS.

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    Ndim uNantsika
    14th May 2021

    You should have consulted us first South Point. In decision making, you are inclusive of all stake holders concerned; in this matter, you should’ve included the student(s) too. I knew you were up to something the minute you guys cancelled the RA’s and Floor Reps programs which are the legitimate body representations of students at South Point. This is not right and you are just calling yourselves trouble with massive students.

  • avatar
    Karabo Segogela
    14th May 2021

    Will students that reside in single rooms be allocated single rooms in other buildings? And will we still choose the rooms we want to live in? All in all this is a major inconvenience into the year.

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