UFH provides transport assistance as Covid-19 lockdown looms

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Today, the University of Fort Hare chartered several buses to ferry students to their homes across the country. This is to ensure students get to their families safely and in time, in order to adhere to the imminent Covid-19 21-day lockdown.

The Dean of Students, Mr Malinge Gqeba said the buses were dispatched to  Alice and East London campuses. “At our Alice campus the students boarded in front of the Great Hall.   In East London, students were picked-up from various residences to board in front of the  Main Building. ”

The buses left around 8am for pre-determined drop-off points for students from the Eastern Cape and those living in KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Limpopo, North-West and Gauteng provinces.  

On Monday (23 March) President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nation-wide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. During this time individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except for when they are getting essentials such as food and medication. 

Following the President’s announcement, the Vice-Chancellor Prof Sakhela Buhlungu issued a directive to all students to vacate their residences by Wednesday, 25th.  The university will be closed and staff (barring essential services) will be released in time to comply with the President’s decree.