24 February 2020

VICE-CHANCELLOR’S COMMUNIQUÉ: UKZN: DISRUPTIONS WILL NOT DICTATE OUR FUTURE


20 February 2020

COMMUNIQUÉ – CORPORATE RELATIONS

CURRENT SITUATION AT UKZN


To Members of the UKZN Community

The Management of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) abhors and strongly condemns the wanton acts of violence, intimidation and destruction of property, perpetuated by groups of students on our campuses.

Yesterday, an emeritus professor was assaulted, valuable University property was set alight, and some students and staff were intimidated from proceeding with lectures.

We implore the perpetrators of these crimes to stop. Violence is not the solution to the challenges we are facing. This behavior is only making matters worse. University management genuinely cares for financially disadvantaged students and is making every effort to help clear historic debt to enable affected students to register.

Management is working on various fundraising initiatives and is continuously in talks with Student Leadership and other relevant stakeholders. The closing date for registration has also been extended to the 6th of March 2020 to assist both students and management in this regard. We need all students to be patient and allow time and space for a resolution to this matter.

More than 80 percent of the student population have registered to date. Every effort is being made to ensure that students do not lose valuable teaching time and are also protected from any acts of violence and intimidation.

The safety and security of students and staff is of paramount importance. University security staff, SAPS, and Public Order Policing have been working day and night to bolster safety and security efforts. It is not always possible to cover every area of each campus and at all times, for this reason, we need students and staff to be careful of their surroundings. As far as possible, avoid areas of conflict and immediately contact the University RMS office if you feel unsafe.

All incidents of assault, destruction of property, intimidation and arson are being investigated. The perpetrators will be apprehended and handed over to SAPS for prosecution.

Rest assured, UKZN Management is doing everything possible to resolve this matter, put a stop to the violence and intimidation, and ensure that there are no further interruptions to the Academic Programme. 

Issued by Corporate Relations



MEDIA STATEMENT

19 February 2020

Westville Campus


The University Academic Programme is continuing as scheduled on all campuses.

This morning one of the three entrances to the Westville Campus was blocked but has since been cleared. 

South African Police Services and University security are currently monitoring the situation.

Issued by Corporate Relations


15 February 2020

COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME RESUMES
ALL CAMPUSES, ALL COLLEGES


To Staff and Students,

A decision has been taken to resume the academic programme as from 07h45 on Monday, 17 February 2020.  Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume on Monday as per specific academic timetables.

In addition, registration for both undergraduate and postgraduate students will continue, closing at 16H00 on Friday, 6 March 2020.  I urge all students to conclude their registration as soon as possible to enable access to Moodle and other online resources only available to registered students.

Discussions between the EMC and the SRC will continue in the interim.

Please continue to assist us by taking care of your personal belongings, being aware of your surroundings at all times and reporting suspicious behaviour to Risk Management Services (RMS).

Campus RMS Phone Numbers
Howard College 031 260 2540 / 2542
Edgewood 031 260 3462 / 3493
Westville 031 260 7133 / 7265
Pietermaritzburg 033 260 5211 / 5231
Medical School 031  260 4516

Thank you for your patience, and any inconvenience is regretted.

Yours sincerely
Dr K Cleland
Acting Registrar


12 February 2020

12 February 2020

COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR

A CALL FOR PERSPECTIVE ON OUR ISSUES AND A REQUEST FOR CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT ON THE WAY FORWARD


9 February 2020

COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR

ONGOING SUSPENSION OF THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

ALL CAMPUSES, ALL COLLEGES


To Staff and Students,

A decision has been taken to continue the suspension of the academic programme, from 07h45 on Monday, 10 February 2020, until further notice. The suspension includes all UKZN Campuses and all Colleges.

Notice with respect to the re-commencement of the academic programme will be issued in due course, both via an official Registrar Communiqué and on the University website.

Registration for both undergraduate and postgraduate students will, however, continue unabated, and I urge all students to conclude their registration as soon as possible.

The EMC and SRC will be meeting on Tuesday, 11 February to continue discussions.

Thank you for your co-operation, and any inconvenience is regretted.

Yours sincerely

Dr K Cleland
Acting Registrar