MUT goes even bigger in its fight against Covid-19

Press statement: Bheki Hlophe; 082 432 1805                                             29 July 2020

For immediate release

MUT goes even bigger in its fight against Covid-19

As the numbers of people infected by the coronavirus continues to rise in South Africa, Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has decided to intensify its efforts to raise awareness of the pandemic and to spread the message of how to prevent it.  MUT has erected a billboard on COVID-19 at its Natural Sciences campus to reach as many people as possible in Umlazi Township.

The billboard, which was erected this week, is meant to amplify the message of taking the necessary precautions to the University community and residents of Umlazi Township. The billboard adds to the efforts of the University’s Covid-19 Task Team (CTT), which has been hard at work ensuring that the lives of staff and students are protected as the University pursues its quest to save the academic year.

Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director, Department of Marketing and Communications, said that although MUT had limited resources, the billboard was a necessary to amplify the seriousness of the coronavirus. “We decided to not only target our staff, students and those who follow us on social media, but we wanted to intentionally use a platform that would send the message directly to the people of Umlazi Township, where we are located. This is our way of reminding the people of Umlazi Township that their fate and ours are bound together, and that we have a deep commitment to our community.”

The billboard comes at a time when MUT is in the second week of lectures for final year students (33% of its student population), who returned to campus as part of the phased approach since South Africa has been moved to Level 3 of the national Lockdown. This period of relaxed Lockdown regulations has also been characterised by the skyrocketing of COVID-19 daily infections, with the country’s metropolitans fast becoming epicentres of the pandemic.

“The University continues to do all that is required of it and more to save lives, first and foremost, and to save the academic year,” said Mkhize. “Each individual needs to also play their part in keeping themselves and their families safe against COVID-19.”

MUT has also made masks and sanitizers available to all staff and students who have returned to campus. Social distancing markers have been placed in all key entrance and service locations (including classrooms and residences). In addition to these measures, staff and students are screened by security before they are granted access to campus.

ENDS

Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
T: +27 31 907 7195  M: +27 61 283 2257
E: Hlophe@mut.ac.za