Universities get go-ahead to resume with construction projects
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Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande has given institutions of higher learning across the country the green light to resume with construction projects.
Nzimande published new directives that have paved the way for the department’s projects to continue, including those at public universities, technical and vocational education and training colleges, community education and training colleges as well as colleges of agriculture, among others.
”The purpose of these directions is to permit, under alert level 3, the resumption of construction and related services by the department and the institutions mentioned above, subject to compliance with regulations for addressing, preventing and combating the spread of Covid-19 as well as legislation and regulations applicable to construction and related services,” reads the document published in the Government Gazette on Monday.
According to Nzimande, the projects include construction, maintenance, extension, upgrading or refurbishment of new buildings, facilities and services required for or to enable teaching, learning and research.
Construction of student housing developments is also allowed to forge ahead.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma last week published regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act, which paved the way for the return of construction, manufacturing, business and financial services firms, but with strict instructions that those with more than 500 employees must finalise appropriate sector or workplace arrangements or compacts to address the provision of transport for employees, screening for Covid-19 and providing information of the National Department of Health.
The regulations state that workplaces should consider staggering the return to work of employees to ensure workplace readiness and avoid traffic congestion during peak travel times.