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Debates around plant-based treatments for the Covid-19 virus have been going on for some time and fortunately, a South African university has been a pioneer of this type of treatment.


It was almost two years ago when President Cyril Ramaphosa implemented the National State of Disaster. Since then, there have been growing calls for it to come to an end, which the President has now addressed.

As debates around mandatory vaccines are still ongoing, the general public and students whose institutions of higher learning have adopted this policy have different views on it. Student bodies at universities have expressed what is at the centre of these conversations. 


The new academic year has started with challenges in the Higher Education sector. Some of these issues are in relation to mandatory vaccines in these institutions. 


Most institutions of higher learning have started with registration at their universities. However, some student formations are still anti-mandatory vaccinations and promise to fight the rights of their students. In the same breath, students are asking these institutions to be pro-choice.

As learners return to full-time school attendance the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education plans to introduce a vaccine rollout programme at schools. 

Teachers have been encouraged to get their booster vaccines at Covid-19 vaccination sites nearest to them.

The trade union Solidarity has taken court action against the University of Free State over its mandatory Covid-19 vaccine policy.

Many universities around South Africa have made it mandatory for their staff and students to receive the vaccination against Covid-19 in order for them to access their campuses. Student Union SAUS has strongly opposed this and students have threatened to protest over the matter. 

In order to protect against Covid-19 while also moving towards a life of normalcy, Universities across the country are now looking to implement vaccination policies. This is a developing story.

Mandatory vaccines are starting to be adopted by multiple universities. While some have welcomed this decision, some student organisations and unions are not all in.



A number of universities all over the country have publicized their own Covid-19 policies regarding how teaching will continue in the 2022 academic year. As these policies continue to trickle out, universities have also taken this opportunity to share their respective stances on mandatory vaccination.

Teacher unions have expressed where they stand in relation to the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations. This comes after most institutions of higher learning are in full support of making vaccination mandatory.

With the country’s low vaccination rate, a vaccine rollout campaign targeted at Gauteng schools has struck up in order to motivate school-goers to get the jab.


As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to thrive, universities across the country have been considering mandatory vaccination for students. Central University of Technology (CUT) spokesperson, Dan Maritz, has chimed in on the university’s stance in this debate.

While institutions of higher learning debate mandatory vaccination, university and college students could be required to produce a negative Covid-19 test before attending in-person classes. This comes after some of the major universities in the country shared their intentions to adopt a mandatory vaccination policy in public.

Nationally, vaccination drives have been successful. However, some young people have been hesitant to receive a jab, and this remains a daunting challenge. The conversation has reached a point of people asking questions about whether vaccination should be made mandatory in certain spaces.

The emergence of the Omnicron variant frightened a number of people. Gauteng education has decided to treat this matter with utmost urgency.  

Many universities in South Africa intend to adopt Covid-19 vaccination as a requirement for students to access facilities in 2022. The University of Free State has announced its plans to limit the spread of the virus on its premises.

The Higher Education and training sector is calling on more students to get vaccinated. This comes amid concerns by Higher Health that only one-third of students have been vaccinated so far.