MUT reinvigorates its safety strategy as 33% of students return to campus

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13 July 2020

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MUT reinvigorates its safety strategy as 33% of students return to campus

This morning, Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) welcomed 33% of its student population (final-year undergraduate students) back to campus to complete their academic year as part of the University’s phased return of students. The University has also ramped up its COVID-19 safety strategy to protect staff and students as part of its campaign to Save lives. Save the academic year.

This group of final-year undergraduate students is the largest cohort of students to return to the university at once since government declared a national Lockdown in March. Their return to MUT comes at a time when the country’s infections are rising exponentially and averaging 12,000 new infections daily. In response to these rising infections, MUT has set aside this week (13 – 17 July) for orientating and training students on the health protocols they are required to adhere to as part of the strategy to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.

“We would like all our students to be up-to-date on how to protect themselves and how to circumvent COVID-19 infections,” said Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal of MUT. “It is therefore important for students to avail themselves for the orientation and training.”

The University has also made masks and sanitizers available for staff and students to collect from the Campus Protection Services. MUT Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Planning, Dr Johan van Koller explained that one of the wardens on Main Campus would
collect masks and sanitizers for students in main campus residences while the Head of Residences would arrange to send to students residing in external residences.

Dr Van Koller further explained that “students staying in privately managed residences, as well as those not staying in residences, must collect their PPE directly from Protection Services”. Students will complete a register confirming that they have been issued with masks and sanitizers.

Further to making PPEs available, MUT will continue to remind students of the three key protocols to observe if they are to remain safe from the Coronavirus. These are: always wear your mask; maintain a 1.5 metre social distance; and washing hands with soap for 20 seconds, or use a sanitizer if water is not available. Social distancing markers have been placed in key areas where groups of people are
expected, these areas include lecture venues, the library and other strategic spaces. The university has also placed posters across the campus reminding students and staff of the various protocols to keep themselves and others safe.