LETTER FROM THE VICE-CHANCELLOR

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24 June 2020

Fortunately, as a community of doers and action-takers, we have risen to the challenges and have not let the pandemic nor the national lockdown put an end to our plans and spirits. We have adjusted our sails and we are weathering the storm as best as we can.

Although the pandemic and the lockdown are far from over, it does give me great pleasure to announce that we will be reopening our campuses and welcoming back the first batch of students under the adjusted level 3 regulations on 29 June 2020.

These will include 338 students from these schools: Agricultural Sciences, Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Hospitality. Students who will return to campus are those in their final year of study, and postgraduates who require access to laboratories, technical equipment, and clinical training to undertake their studies.

We have taken every precaution necessary to ensure the health and safety of our staff and students alike though it remains first and foremost you as an individual the responsibility to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. Wear your mask, sanitize or wash your hands regularly and keep your social distance.

Last month we shared how students were coping with studying online and the challenges that come with studying from home. Equally important though, is knowing how our staff and lecturers are juggling home and work life during this trying time. They've shared their insights with us this month.

Keeping on in the face of adversity is a quality we like to believe we instill and encourage in our students. We have to keep on commending you for your continued participation in our online learning platforms and your commitment to completing your studies. Thank you, well done, and keep up the good work!

Professor Thoko Mayekiso
Vice-Chancellor