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All staff members set to return to city varsity

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“The university has instituted various health and safety protocols and social distancing measures which must be adhered to while on campus,” said Professor Andrew Crouch.

WITH the national lockdown now at alert Level 1, all staff at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley are set to return to campus.

The university’s vice-chancellor and principal, Professor Andrew Crouch, said on Tuesday that all staff members were expected to return to full-time duties on campus as from Monday, September 28, 2020.

“The university has instituted various health and safety protocols and social distancing measures which must be adhered to while on campus,” said Crouch.

He added that the regulations also allowed for all students to return to campus.

“We are phasing in the return of students in four cohorts and all students will be back on campus by the end of October 2020. Previously, students had a choice about whether or not they would return to campus. Under this alert level all students are obliged to return to campus.”

Crouch said, however, that the university would continue with online teaching and learning for the remainder of this year, as well as making provision for small group contact sessions; individual consultation sessions with academics; and participation in practical exercises on campus.

“The university is monitoring the national alert levels and will make further adjustments in line with the stipulated levels.

“The Department of Higher Education and Training has advised that we must guard against the possibility of super-spreading events that would necessitate the return to a harder lockdown. It is therefore incumbent upon all of us to remain vigilant about our health and safety and to maintain our good adherence to the measures that have been put in place.”