08 May 2020 (Letter to Students)

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown has disrupted the start of the 2020 academic year and the continuation of the academic programme. We trust that you have been keeping up to date with your studies at home and have joined the thousands of other students who are learning online with our support! Further details of how to get online with our continued support is outlined in this communication for you.

Introduction

These are unprecedented times in the history of our society and whilst the nationwide lockdown
remains in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our primary focus is the safety of our staff and
students and to ensure the successful completion of the 2020 academic year. We are not alone as
all education institutions throughout South Africa, the region and globally have been obliged to take the same action. Our duty of care for the health and wellbeing for all our students and staff and our local communities is part of our responsibilities as citizens. We must work together to stop the progress of this virus and flatten the curve if we are to successfully defeat this global pandemic.

The most important public health message is the containment of the disease, including avoiding social gatherings and minimising groups of people gathering in one space.