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Over 3,000 students, staff being screened following COVID outbreaks

Over 3,000 students, staff being screened following COVID outbreaks
Students gather to pay respects to a man who died after allegedly being caught in the crossfire of police attempting to disperse student protests, 10 March 2021, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Students are protesting against the financial exclusion of students who have historical debt who are being denied registration. Picture: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Friday said over 3,000 students and staff were being screened and contact traced following pockets of COVID-19 outbreaks at some of the country’s institutions.

So far, over 200 students have been tested.

Over 55 students from the University of Pretoria have tested positive for the virus and

investigations are under way following possible cases at other universities and TVET colleges.

Nzimande said an agency mandated by his department to safeguard student health and

wellbeing was working with staff to ensure all COVID-19 protocols and disinfection measures are in place.

The higher education minister has appealed to staff and students to remain vigilant as the 2021 academic year gets underway.

Spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said: “The Department of Health has developed screening

stations around affected residents, higher health mobile units, institutional campus clinics,

occupational health, employee teams are also stationed offering psychological and other

health and wellness assistance to affected residents.”




The City of Cape Town has called on residents and visitors to play their part in preventing a third wave of COVID-19.

Officials met with the federated Hospitality Association of South Africa, Cape Town

Tourism, the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry and Skål

International ahead of the Easter holiday period.

READ: COVID-19 vaccine procurement, third wave high on MAC’s priorities – Mlisana

The meeting was to emphasise their commitment in keeping infection numbers low which

they said was important to protect lives while ensuring that business can continue, and the economy can grow.

Mayoral committee member James Vos said: “We are working around the clock to restore

tourism and travel confidence in our destination and get our visitor economy back on

track to save businesses and retain jobs.

know that stricter limitations will have a harmful impact on tourism and hospitality

businesses who are already struggling to keep their doors opened.”