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GIBS Campus Onsite Regulations

Posted: 17 June 2021
South Africa has now entered the third wave of Covid 19, with case numbers, especially in Gauteng, increasing dramatically. While the official lockdown level has not yet been adjusted, we need to act quickly and with an abundance of caution to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff and the broader GIBS community. To this end, and in line with the University of Pretoria's approach, we are instituting the following measures:

  • All programmes will be conducted online until further notice. There will be no face-to-face classes on campus.
  • The GIBS information centre and Mookana Grab and Go are to be closed.
  • No third parties are permitted on campus.
  • Where students require access to campus for WiFi, such access continues to be strictly controlled. All visitors will still be required to complete a Higher Health wellbeing assessment and present confirmation that they are low risk to the GIBS Health Ambassadors stationed at campus entrances. To apply for access, contact access@gibs.co.za
  • All syndicate and meeting rooms have the maximum capacity posted at their entrances to ensure that occupants can maintain appropriate social distancing.
  • Masks are mandatory at all times on campus. Please ensure your mask covers your entire nose and mouth at all times.
  • GIBS staff continue to work from home unless it is absolutely essential that they be on campus to fulfil their duties. In the instance where staff have to be on campus, the Higher Health wellbeing assessment continues to be a requirement. 
I strongly discourage anyone from coming to campus unless absolutely necessary, as it increases the risk of transmission. It appears that the later Covid variants are particularly contagious. For those for whom it is absolutely critical to come to campus, please conform rigorously to all safety protocols -  not only your safety but other's protection as well.

Now more than ever, we need to remain vigilant and not be complacent.  Stay safe.

Dr Morris Mthombeni
Interim Dean
The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science


Posted: 3 June 2021

Implications of moving to Covid Lock-down level two.

President Ramaphosa recently announced that to curb the acceleration of Covid infections into a “third wave”, lock-down restrictions have, effective 31 May, been increased to level two. The most significant change is that the curfew is now in effect from 10 PM and 4 AM. Consequently, the GIBS campus will not be accessible by anyone between these hours.  

All other on-campus protocols will remain unchanged:
Most programmes are currently being presented online, without the need to for students to attend on campus.
In the instance where classes are held on campus, they will remain strictly within regulations - namely, the lesser of 100 persons or 50% of the standard seating capacity of the facility. All classes are managed to maintain the required 1.5 metres social distancing at all times.
Where students require access for on-campus classes or access to WiFi, such access continues to be strictly controlled. All visitors will still be required to complete a Higher Health wellbeing assessment and present confirmation that they are low risk to the GIBS Health Ambassadors stationed at campus entrances. 
Students wishing to avail themselves of on-campus WiFi are still required to book a syndicate room in advance with the venues team: access@gibs.co.za
o All syndicate and meeting rooms have the maximum capacity posted at their entrances to ensure that occupants can maintain appropriate social distancing.
Masks are mandatory at all times on campus except when eating and drinking. Please ensure your mask covers your entire nose and mouth.
o For the absence of doubt, students must remain wearing masks throughout lectures. 
Eating and drinking may only take place in designated eating and drinking spaces and is not permitted in classrooms and syndicate rooms. 
GIBS staff continue to work from home unless it is essential that they be on campus to fulfil their duties. In the instance where staff have to be on campus, the Higher Health wellbeing assessment is to be completed as before.   

I urge you all to maintain all necessary precautions to keep safe and prevent the spread of Covid. Many counties worldwide, even those that have high inoculation rates, have suffered a significant acceleration of cases under a third wave scenario. Now is not the time to be complacent and let our vigilance slip. 
Stay safe.

Dr Morris Mthombeni
Interim Dean 
The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science


Posted: 2 March 2021
Dear Student

As we emerge from the COVID-19 second wave, we are pleased to be able to return to campus. We must, however, remain vigilant to ensure our GIBS community stays safe. In light of the easing of restrictions, and lower case-count across the country, the GIBS Interim Dean and Exco have implemented the following measures from 1 March 2021.

• All part-time and modular academic programmes will be delivered on campus according to the schedule as communicated by your programme manager. These programmes will also be delivered simultaneously by Zoom, should any student not be able to attend in person.
• Programme Managers will arrange access to the campus for you on the days on which you have scheduled classes.
 Students who intend to come to campus outside of scheduled classes are still required to obtain permission from access@gibs.co.za before arrival.
• The Information Centre is open. Staff will be available on campus to assist students with research.
• The "Grab and Go" is open, and lunches will once again be served as plated meals.
• The number of people permitted to occupy an on-campus venue remains restricted to a maximum of 50% of standard capacity. Students will be accommodated in venues sufficiently large to fulfil this safety regulation.
• For those on campus, strict adherence to the mask policy will be enforced. You are reminded that you are required to wear a mask while in the presence of any other person while on campus. This is in line with the law.

These measures, while inconvenient, are essential to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

Stay safe.

Dr Morris Mthombeni
Interim Dean

University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science


Posted: 30 December 2020

Changes to coming onto campus in line with level 3 regulations.

Dear Student

I hope you are all safe, healthy and well in these extremely difficult and trying times. While we all look forward to the fresh start which the new year offers, we need to remain vigilant to ensure our GIBS community stays safe. With the announcement of new Covid strains and a significant  increase in the numbers of active cases throughout the country, the risk of infection has escalated. As President Ramaphosa highlighted in his recent address, we all have a duty to keep both ourselves and our fellow South Africans safe. In light of the present circumstances  and with an abundance of caution, the GIBS Interim Dean and Exco have implemented the following measures for January 2020 and thereafter until Covid lockdown levels are relaxed:

• The number of staff and students on campus will be minimised. 
• All part time and modular academic programmes will be delivered entirely online.
• Students who have a specific need to come onto campus are required to obtain permission from access@gibs.co.za prior to arival.
• The Information Centre will close. However the staff remain available to assist with your research requirements.  Contact details here.
• The coffee shop will again be closed, and where meals are required on campus, they will be served in individual sealed units.
• For those who are permitted on campus, strict adherence to the mask policy will be enforced. You are reminded that you are required to wear a mask while in the presence of any other person while on campus. This is in line with law.  
• Only essential staff will operate from the campus, all other GIBS faculty and staff will work from home.

We will review these measures throughout January and amend them as required, as the impact of the second wave of the pandemic unfolds.
I trust you understand that these measures, while inconvenient are essential to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community. 
Let us remember the proverb: However long the night may last, there will be a morning.
Stay safe.

Dr Morris Mthombeni
Interim Dean

University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science.


Posted: 18 September 2020

Rules of engagement – COVID-19 Level One

Principles underlying our actions to ensure the GIBS campus remains safe:

  • Access to the campus still requires preregistration.
  • Everyone is required to wear masks at all times, except when eating.
  • Everyone is required to keep a 2 metre social distance from others at all times.
  • Everyone is required to sanitise regularly, and practice all other healthy hygiene habits and Covid-19 protocols to keep each other safe.

Details:

  • Students are to continue to use the Melville Road entrance and park as directed by security. They are then to please proceed through the Covid -19 screening at the main entrance to the campus. Please allow time for screening ahead of your lecture.
  • Whilst the regulations allow 100% of students to be back on campus, in order to align to the principle of maintaining a 2 metre distance at all times (and exercising an abundance of caution) and to comply with the current  50% venue occupancy regulation, GIBS will not be able to accommodate more than 40 students in its largest venues (except the auditorium) at any one time. 
  • Programme managers will notify students in good time when their course will be held on campus. Students who cannot attend on campus will continue to be accommodated with livestreaming of the lecture.
  • All venues will have a notice at the door specifying the maximum occupancy rate for the venue. Programme Managers  (PMs) will ensuring that occupancy does not exceed the designate venue occupancy rate.
  • Programme Managers will also ensure standards of on campus health and hygiene and associated Covid-19 protocols are adhered to by all students and others on campus.
  • PMs will continue to register the names of students, faculty, guest speakers and programme staff and the dates on which they will need to access campus. 
  • Students will no longer be issued with permits to travel to campus as they are  no longer necessary. However, all students will still be required to be registered by programme managers  or apply for access to come onto campus. This is to ensure we do not exceed safe the safe capacity of specific venues and the campus as a whole.  
  • Students wishing to utilize the new Info centre should apply for access here: access@gibs.co.za.
  • Weather and space permitting, syndicate work can take place outside providing students maintain a 2 metre distance and wear their masks. Syndicate rooms can only accommodate two to four students simultaneously. Should students require syndicate rooms they may apply for such here: access@gibs.co.za For sanitary reasons unbooked syndicate rooms will remain locked.
  • As students may now return to campus, the Drive by Wi-Fi has been discontinued.
​​Welcome back to your future at Gibs
 

COVID safety at Gibs
 




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