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Students Will Be Able To Return To Res and Private Accommodation

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Students will be allowed to return to their residences and private student accommodation spaces once the national lockdown has been lowered to level 3. 

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In his media briefing, Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande announced that along with the gradual return of students to campuses, we will also see a return of students to residences and private accommodation - once level 3 is announced. It is widely expected that the country will move to level 3 on the 1st of June but this has not been confirmed. 

There are plans in place to allow students back on residences. This will be done according to national guidelines and institutions. Depending on which level the country is at in lockdown and how many students the institution plans to have back, this will with determine how many students return.

This return to residences and private student accommodation will see physical distancing, controlling of communal spaces, hygiene requirements and arrangements with dining halls take place.

Students who will be allowed back on residences will see the following groups be prioritised:

  • Students with disabilities
  • Students with no access to connectivity
  • Students who have a bad living environment which doesn't allow effective learning and studying to take place

For level 3, a maximum of 33% of students will be allowed back and for level 2, 66% of students maximum will be allowed back. 

When the lockdown was announced and South Africa got hit even more by Covid-19, landlords were evicting students from private student accommodation spaces. Nzimande has now stated, "Students who live in private rented accommodation close to campuses may also return provided that physical distancing arrangements are in place."

Once the national lockdown is lowered to level 2 another 33% of students will be allowed back on campus so additional students will be allowed back at res.

Discussions are currently underway within the Department of Higher Education about this and what Universities plans for residences and private accommodation are. 

Were you excited when you heard the Minister's announcement? Jama KaSilwane was!

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