“While we recognise the challenges, students are kindly requested to vacate their residences by Friday, March 20 for their own safety”
SOL PLAATJE University (SPU), as with other institutions of higher learning in the country, will be shut down from today.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced an early shutdown of all higher education institutions due to the coronavirus.
SPU spokesperson Kashini Maistry said yesterday that in order to put stringent measures in place for occupational health and safety purposes, the university would be shut down for the period March 18 to 20.
“This, however, excludes those staff performing essential services in the residences, which includes the wardens, catering staff and campus security.”
Recess for students will begin on Monday, March 23 and the academic programme will resume on Wednesday, April 15.
“While we recognise the challenges, students are kindly requested to vacate their residences by Friday, March 20 for their own safety. No catering or other services will be available from Saturday, March 21.”
The library will also be closed during the recess.
As of Monday, 23 March 2020 flexible working options for staff will be determined by line managers.
“These actions are in response to the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa and follow a meeting yesterday between senior management and the Executive Committee of Council earlier today.”