Puleng Maphisa – 15 March 2021
Induction facilitator Mr. Vusimuzi Vincent Mdluli (Bra Veee) Assistant Coordinator: Centre for Higher Education (CHED).
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 marked 352 days of COVID-19 lockdown, and moving to the adjusted level 1 uplifted many spirits as VUT welcomed the first-year students for the first-year residence students from Wednesday, 10 March until Friday, 12 March. This was an exciting moment for many students to be part of the MaVuti family. The induction was facilitated by Mr. Vusimuzi Vincent Mdluli (Bra Veee) Assistant Coordinator: Centre for Higher Education (CHED) and Ms. Kediemetse Mokotsi, Director: Marketing and Public Relations, Advancement Division, who are part of the Induction Team.
Bra Vee extended a warm welcome to the students and said that it is was an honor to have them as part of the family, “We know that 2020 was a difficult year for all matric learners, but you made it and we appreciate you for choosing to study at VUT. The purpose of the induction is to remind you about the importance of adhering to the lockdown regulations and Covid-19 protocols to minimize the risks of infections on and off-campus. Remember that your parents are not here to take care of you. Look after yourselves by wearing masks all the time, sanitizing, washing hands regularly, and observing social distancing” said Bra Vee addressing the students. He also reminded smokers that sharing one cigarette can put their lives at risk. Students were encouraged to visit the campus clinic should they experience flu-like signs and symptoms. In the cases where they had contact with a positive person, they should report such cases to the campus clinic and self-quarantine/isolate immediately for the stipulated period of 10 days.
Ms. Mokotsi and Bra Vee pleaded with students to balance their time between their studies and campus life because they want to see them completing their qualifications successfully and graduate. They reminded them that access to an institution of higher learning is a privilege as many other students qualified to register but could not make it due to limited available spaces in each qualification and admission quota per institution.
First-year residence students during their welcoming
Both Kegoabetswe Sekhele registered for the Diploma in Safety Management and Lebogang Maredi registered for Tourism Management shared their sentiments and excitement about starting their University journey at VUT and being part of the family. “throughout matric, I dreamt about going to a university and I am here today, determined to study hard,” said Lebogang with a smile.
In conclusion, Ms. Mokotsi congratulated all the students on their new academic journey and encouraged them to study hard to fulfill their dreams.
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