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Covid-19 Lockdown: Wits Prepares For The Return of Final-Year Students in June


THE University of the Witwatersrand announced on Tuesday that students will return to campus in a phased approach as from June 8. This follows government’s decision on Sunday to ease the nationwide lockdown to alert Level 3 in a desperate attempt to open the economy to full capacity.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that final year students and other groups of students would be allowed to return to public universities from the first week of June provided that all the requisite preparations were in place and that no more than one third of the total university community returned.

In a statement issued on Monday, Wits University senior executive management team said it has developed a schedule for the planned return of final year students – including other groups – and staff at Level 3.

“Senior executives and managers will refine the plan and will advise on Friday, which student groups should return to campus from 8 June 2020,” said university in a statement.

The university management said in the next two weeks, their facilities will be cleaned to ensure that students and staff return to a safe environment.

 “The next two weeks will be used to also make sure that all the requisite screening, cleaning, sanitizing and personal protection equipment is in place before members of the community return to campus.”

For now, students are being urged to continue working from home. 

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