14 June 2021
Dear UP staff and students,
As you all are aware, the country is now in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the numbers, especially in Gauteng, have increased alarmingly in the past two weeks. Given this context, and the University’s prioritisation of the health and safety of its students and staff, the Executive has decided to suspend all contact classes for a period of 10 days. The suspension of the contact sessions will be effective from close of business on 15 June 2021 until lectures end for the semester on 25 June 2021. This will include all lab and practical sessions. The University will also be reviewing the forthcoming examinations that have been scheduled to be written on campus. You will receive further communications in this regard.
While gatherings are permitted under the level 2 COVID-19 risk-adjusted strategy, staff and students are encouraged to avoid these as far as possible. Where participation in physical gatherings is unavoidable, please remember to adhere strictly to all health protocols including social distancing, wearing of masks, and sanitising and washing hands.
The University has made isolation facilities available for residence students who have unfortunately contracted the virus. This has greatly assisted in limiting community transmissions. Students are thus urged to make use of these facilities rather than returning home to isolate. Likewise, students who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus are encouraged to self-quarantine in their rooms in residences and not to go home until they are certain that the danger that they may have contracted the virus has safely passed. This is to protect family and friends at home who may otherwise be exposed.
In consultation with line managers, UP employees are encouraged to work from home where possible. Please continue to wash your hands thoroughly, sanitise, avoid going to crowded spaces and places, observe cough etiquette, and wear masks in public spaces. Please do not come to the workplace if you feel at all unwell.
We will continue to monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and will keep you informed on any further measures.
Take care, and stay safe.
Prof Tawana Kupe
Vice-Chancellor and Principal