Citizen Reporter
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17 Mar 2020
4:11 pm

Nzimande announces closure of all higher education facilities

Citizen Reporter

Nzimande stressed that the closure of institutions were merely a short recess and not a shutdown.

Higher education, science and technology minister Blade Nzimande. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/ African News Agency(ANA)

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has announced the closure of tertiary institutions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nzimande said all higher education facilities would be closed from Wednesday until April 15.

Following a meeting with all universities, the South African college principals including the South African students union on Tuesday, Nzimande made the announcement for the implementation of closures as a measure to combat the epidemic.

He highlighted that all parties were fully on board with the decision and had agreed to work together in fighting the virus.

A team will be tasked with guiding the institutions on how to deal with Covid-19.

Nzimande stressed that this was not a shutdown but a recess as a result of the virus.

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