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SA: Blade Nzimande: Address by Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation , on Government’s intervention measures on Coronavirus (24/03/2020)

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SA: Blade Nzimande: Address by Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation , on Government’s intervention measures on Coronavirus (24/03/2020)

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande

25th March 2020

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The Post Schooling Education and Training System (PSET) consists of ± 2,5 million students & staff.

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We have established a COVID-19 Team comprising of Universities South Africa (USAF), South African College Principals Organisation (SACPO), Higher Health & Health Experts to coordinate sector response and collate institutional case management reports. The team will be led by Deputy Minister Bhuti Manamela.

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Seventy Six (76)  students are at the Ranch, having been evacuated from Wuhan. They’ve all been tested and found to be negative. They are doing their final tests this weekend, where after they will be reunited with their families.

They have been placed in quarantine at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Kempton Park, for 14 days. Their results are awaited.

Three DHET officials have been deployed to oversee the students over this period. In addition, a circular has been sent to all colleges on the requirement for all students to be placed in a quarantine facility following their return from placements abroad.

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