To deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Vaal university of Technology (VUT), formed a task team to focus on preventative measures to deal with the spread of the corona virus within the VUT community.
A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Scientology Volunteer Ministers, a volunteer organization providing property sanitization to many government institutions on a free of cost basis was signed.
“Sanitization of the campuses and residences was prioritized as one of the first steps to prepare for the ‘back to work’ process after the level 5 lockdown was announced by the president, Cyril Ramaphosa. Sanitizing composed all blocks and including offices, kitchens, bathrooms/toilets, boardrooms, stores, common areas/passages, classrooms, labs, lecture halls, auditoriums, residences, library, chapel, great hall, etc. A disinfectant product approved by both the department of health and EPA called, “Decon7” was used to sanitize the campus surroundings and offices,” shared Mr. Leornard Swana: Director Projects and Services.
Mr. Swana further elaborated that; the sanitization program unfolded as follows:
|Campus/ Residence||Date Completed|
|VUT Main Campus Residences||23 April 2020|
|VUT Main Campus (Vanderbijlpark)||24 April 2020|
|Quest Conference and ISAK Stadium||25 April 2020|
|Educity (Sebokeng) Campus||27 April 2020|
|Sebokeng Residences||27 April 2020|
|Remainder of Main Campus Residence||27 April 2020|
|Ekurhuleni Campus||28 April 2020|
|Main Campus and Nedbank Building||29 April 2020|
|Remainder of Main Campus and Chapel||8 May 2020|
|Academia Residences||8 May 2020|
“A date for the Secunda Campus is still being discussed as it was not scheduled due to the travel restrictions across provinces, the sanitizing team needed to have permits allowing them to cross to Mpumalanga.”
“Exclusions in the program have also been noted as follows; In the residences was the individual student rooms; Offices and venues where keys were not available and official responsible did not come to open; Pathways, Corridors and Walkways within the entire campus. As they need different size of machines, he concluded.