Newly elected MUT SRC President, Mthokozisi Gumede and his Secretary General, Mbali Ntshingila have already put together a plan to fight the pandemic just days after being inaugurated. The plan was first presented at the COVID-19 Task Team meeting. “We are concerned about the second wave of COVID-19 and as student leaders; we have seen fit to lead the fight against the new wave”. In their submission to the Office of the Student Development Officer, Dr Mthokozisi Ntuli, the first thing that they would like to partner with the University management is on the transportation of students. “We have noticed a few breaches of the COVID-19 protocols and will be partnering with various departments to ensure the safety of students. Some of our recommendations are as follows:
- Students must be allowed in small batches to come and attend contact classes.
- Many classes and tests must be conducted online after the data has been loaded.
- There must be sanitizers in all buses.
- Sanitizers and masks be redistributed to all students.
“As the SRC we are fully committed to support the institution by heading awareness campaigns in residences and on campus to raise a high level of education among students. We lost so much time and lives in 2020, let us not lose 2021 on matters that could have been easily attended. We are committing ourselves to work with the University to make sure that the students and staff lives are well secured, and that academic calendar is saved.” Commending the initiative at the COVID-19 meeting, COVID-19 Task Team members encouraged the new SRC to be their eyes and ears on the ground so that the University saves lives and saves the academic year.