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Tuesday, 02 June 2020

Gearing up for safe return to campus

SAFETY FIRST: Members of the Executive Management are visiting campuses ahead of the phased return of staff and students. SAFETY FIRST: Members of the Executive Management are visiting campuses ahead of the phased return of staff and students.

Members of the executive management are conducting spot checks of campuses this week as the university gears up for the gradual return of staff and students.

Facilities on the Bellville and Wellington campuses were assessed on Monday, with visits to District Six, Mowbray and Granger Bay campuses scheduled for later in the week.

The team visited screening facilities, campus health, a joint project by the food technology and chemical engineering departments to produce hand sanitiser for the CPUT community as well as the Adaptronics Advanced Manufacturing Technology Laboratory where initiatives to produce face shields and masks for ventilators are underway.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Chris Nhlapo said he was impressed with the progress that had been made thus far.“I'm imploring on all colleagues to support the maintenance staff as well as protection services in ensuring that campus is ready to welcome our students back.”

The protocols that are being put in place include:

  • All staff and students currently on any of CPUT’s campuses will be screened for Covid-19
  • All facilities will undergo comprehensive (deep) cleaning
  • Preparing campuses for social distancing using the principles of one-directional flow of the movement of people. Lecture theatres are also being prepared.
  • Screening tents that will be visible from the entrance of each campus. Inside this facility, persons will first be screened for Covid-19 and may only enter the premises if no signs of infection are found.

Prof Mellet Moll, who is responsible for overseeing all Business Continuity Management Covid-19 related activities, said the visits form part of the activities of the BCM Covid Command Centre.

“We are taking it seriously to put lives first. We are observing health and safety at the highest possible standard.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za