south africa covid-19

TVET College students are receiving support during Covid-19.

Today's online course lesson is Engineering Science N3 for NATED Report 191 students.

South Africa is in the middle of the national lockdown, ordered by the President. This requires everyone to stay inside. However, there are students on residence who had nowhere to go and have remained on campus.

The current pandemic and lockdown has forced all Universities to close their doors. This means that their libraries are closed as well. However, students can still access electronic resources using online library services Universities provide. 

Sol Plaatje has announced that they will be starting their academic programme from 4 May 2020 for a period of two to three months. The University has also released a revised academic calendar.

After the President's instruction for South Africa to participate in a National Lockdown, Higher Education institutions have had to put many contingency plans in place in order to make sure student's education is not disrupted. 

The University of Pretoria (UP) has made an online portal available called UP Connect. Here, students and staff will have access to all that’s needed to continue studies and work online.

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has recommended that the public makes use of masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Northlink College has embarked on a project to provide masks to students and staff.

The Covid-19 pandemic has left higher education institutions to develop contingency plans to ensure students are able to complete the 2020 academic year. Online learning has been the main move for many institutions and further assistance has been provided to ensure this move was done swiftly.

Many institutions are making use of online learning and for this internet connection and data is needed. Here are some data solutions to help guide this move to online schooling.

Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Buti Manamela has taken to his Twitter page to criticise Wits for continuing online learning. However, Wits’ Vice Chancellor was ready with a response to these criticisms.

The rigors of day to day life under the COVID-19 lockdown have certainly highlighted the importance of our mental well-being, both in our own homes and remote work teams, as well as in our communities and the country at large.  The call for increased capacity in mental health care has been on the rise for a number of years across the world.


Although contact classes are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UP remains available to help students and staff.

Wits’ Deputy Vice Chancellor spoke to eNCA to discuss how Covid-19 has affected the University’s academic programme. Wits commences it's online learning programme on 20 April. 

The University of Johannesburg has decided to have their second term commence on 20 April online. Not all students are happy with this decision and have been expressing their grievances on social media with #BoycottOnlineLearningUJ.