MUT ready to welcome staff and students in line with Department of Labour regulations

Press statement: Bheki Hlophe; 082 432 1805

13 June 2020

For immediate release 

MUT ready to welcome staff and students in line with Department of Labour regulations

Mangosuthu University of Technology will welcome staff and students back to campus on 17 June as part of the “Save Lives. Save the Academic Year” in line with the Department of Labour regulations.

In communications to both staff and students; Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Marcus Ramogale said: “I would like to announce that MUT is ready to commence a phased-in return to campus for students. This was not an easy decision but the reassurance we have as EMC (Executive Management Committee) makes us confident that we will be safe”.

Professor Ramogale explained that the return to campus for students will happen as follows:

  1. From 17 June, about 65 Biomedical students doing their final year will be welcomed back so that they may complete their clinical training.
  2. Upon their return, they will be provided with the requisite PPE: masks and hand sanitizers will be available at every point of entry.
  3. The Biomedical students will also receive digital information on how to keep safe against COVID-19 on campus, home, community and while in transit.
  4. During the first week, the Biomedical students will receive intensive training on hygiene, social distancing and learning to adapt to the new norm.
  5. All the Biomedical sciences students that would be returning will be issued with permits from the Office of the relevant Faculty Dean.
  6. Biomedical students that reside in residences will be allocated in one unoccupied residence on campus.
  7. All residential students will only arrive on campus on 17 June regardless of where they were previously residing. Thereafter; the University will provide transport to take them to pick up their belongings from external residences.
  8. From 01 July, we will welcome all post-diploma students and will issue similar protocols on how they should return to campus.

For staff members the return to MUT will entail the following:

  1. From 17 June; Executive Management, COVID-19 Task Team members and selected staff members who have been identified by their line managers will be expected to report for duty.
  2. Upon their return, staff will be provided with the requisite PPE: masks and hand sanitizers will be easily accessible at every point of entry.
  3. Staff members will also receive digital information on how to keep themselves safe against COVID-19 at work, home, community and while in transit.
  4. About 65 students from Biomedical sciences will be back on campus and will spend the first week receiving intensive training on hygiene, social distancing and learning to adapt to the new normal.
  5. The Biomedical students who resided in our various outsourced residences, will be provided with accommodation in one of the unoccupied residences on campus.
  6. We are working hard preparing to welcome the next cohort of staff and students from 01 July. Between now and July, we would have undertaken intensive risk assessments such as ensuring that water is available, creating social distancing protocols and ensuring that there is proper ventilation.
  7. All staff members that would be returning need to ensure that they have applied for permits through their respective line managers.
  8. The Human Resources & Development Department will prepare a self-declaration form to be filled in by those people that got sick during the Lockdown and for people that are in the vulnerable group as defined in the regulations by Department of Labour .

“We have done our best to assess all health protocols and guidelines in line with the legislation,” said Professor Ramogale. “Please let us join hands in saving lives and saving the academic year.”

ENDS

 

Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
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