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Monday, 14 June 2021

CPUT hosts Student Accommodation Risk and Life Cycle Summit

FINDING SOLUTIONS:The summit was held at the Granger Bay campus. FINDING SOLUTIONS:The summit was held at the Granger Bay campus.

CPUT recently hosted the inaugural Student Accommodation Risk and Life Cycle Summit.

The summit, which was organised by the Association of College & University Housing Officers International Southern African Chapter (Acuho-I SAC), took place at the Granger Bay campus. Twenty-four Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and affiliates registered for the event nationally, regionally and internationally.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, in-person attendance was limited to attendees from South Africa only, while foreign attendees could participate online.

“The topic of student accommodation has always been a big one, however, the trends and the risk and life cycle of the sector have not been extensively discussed. Acuho-I SAC sought to do this,” said Phillip Chibvuri, from the CPUT Business Unit who is the Board Treasurer for the ACUHO-I Southern Africa Chapter.

“The aim and goal are to get a sectorial risk register, which the association will use to monitor and treat risks and engage various stakeholders including governments, private sector and more.”

The speakers included the CEO of Higher Health, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, who delivered the keynote address, Dr Derek Jackson from Kansas State University in the United States, who spoke on financial recovery as well as several other speakers on incident management and disaster recovery plans.

Chibvuri said feedback from the summit is trickling in and the results are encouraging.

“This is just but a step in getting the sector to collaborate more to achieve a greater cause.”

He said the summit gave attendees a deep understanding of incident management and risk management.

 “I am pleased that the members took to understand the world of risk which is inevitable given the times in which we survive, and more importantly, the need to manage the reality of risk in any organisation/operation and communicating it. The sectorial risk register will set the tone for more collaboration among HEIs in this area. We have the information/knowledge at our disposal sometimes and we have to use it to our advantage all the time to manage risks and prepare for incidents.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za