MUT’s Senate responds to the State of Disaster

Press release statement: For immediate release

Submitted by Bheki Hlophe: 

MUT’s Senate responds to the State of Disaster

In an effort to manage the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at MUT, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza Vice-Chancellor & Principal met this morning with Senate to review the proclamation of COVID-19 as a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday 15 March 2020.

While noting that there have been to date no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MUT, the Senate endorsed the directives issued by the President to ensure that the spread of the virus is contained. The following measures are being implemented by MUT with immediate effect:

  1. Inbound and outbound international traveling will not be allowed.
  2. Only critical national travel will be considered.
  3. No gatherings of more than 100 people will be allowed.
  4. The graduation ceremony will be postponed until further notice.

The Senate further resolved that pending directives from the Minister and consultations with other stakeholders, the following measures are put in place with immediate effect:

  1. All contact teaching and learning classes are suspended.
  2. All other academic activities must continue (including student support services).
  3. Where possible lectures can go online.
  4. Access to the library will be limited.

Writing to all staff and students, Dr Malaza, said, “The Senate urges everyone to remain calm. Staff and students are encouraged to wash and/sanitize their hands regularly, cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing, and maintain a social distance of about 1m when engaging with each other during this time of crisis.”

Dr Malaza also said during the Senate, “We are engaging our strategic stakeholders extensively and monitoring developments within the country and across our sector. We will make an informed decision which will be interest of all our staff and students. We wish to assure the parents as well as the public that we will do our best to protect everyone within our reach against COVID-19”, said Dr Malaza.

The University has set up its own Crisis Management Task Team that is focusing on managing risk management and crises response.