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20 Aril 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE REGARDING COMMENCEMENT OF ONLINE LEARNING DURING SA NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

Dear student,

Most South African universities have announced that, as a temporary measure, they will migrate to online learning from on or about Monday, 20 April 2020, to minimise any negative impact on the academic year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa, and around the world.

South Point understands that, for students who are currently at home, there might be a challenge to study online without access to some of the required resources. While we empathise with the fact that not all students were able leave with all their required study materials, we also still need to highlight that, per Government regulations, we are still very much in a declared disaster state of national lockdown, which – among other sacrifices – also limits freedom of movement. Accordingly:

  • Students will not be allowed to return to SouthPoint during the lockdown.
  • SouthPoint will not permit any access to take resources from any rooms or apartments during the national lockdown.
  • SouthPoint’s buildings – and the company itself – remain closed, as per Government regulations, so it will not be possible to access any buildings.

We are in constant communication with the educational institutions to find ways to assist, where possible, to enable students to continue with their studies, while remaining safe during the national lockdown – and beyond.

Government has communicated that there will be a gradual and systematic lifting of the national lockdown and so, like you, we await a return to some semblance of normality. We look forward to welcoming students back – and thank you for your cooperation to help make South Africa safer for everyone.

Stay safe,
South Point

Queries

Please call 060 018 9901 or connect with us via social media:

South Point Twitter or South Point Facebook.

17 March 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: 17 March 2020 SOUTH POINT STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS ON COVID-19

In light of communications from the universities around COVID-19 plans and interventions, we would like to also advise all our tenants on our plans in dealing with the current situation.

South Point recommendation to all students

Self-quarantining and social distancing is your best bet to avoid the COVID-19 virus. As your home would probably offer a less densely populated environment than a student residence, South Point strongly recommends that those students who are able to go home to please start making travel arrangements.

It is also important to note that we are not terminating leases and we will still offer core services, provided by scaled-down essential-services staff. For those who are unable to go home for whatever reasons, please note that we have put the following measures in place across our residential portfolio:

SOUTH POINT ACTIONS & INTERVENTIONS
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers (ordered last week) will be installed throughout all buildings nationally by Friday, 20 March 2020.
  • For safety, biometrics will remain in place, but hand sanitiser dispensers will be in close proximity to the scanner (to minimise student touch-points, FDOs will open for students until such time that sanitisers are in place).
  • Effective immediately, no visitors are into South Point student residences.
  • Effective immediately, no events or social gatherings will be allowed in South Point student residences.
  • Effective immediately, all entertainment areas and study areas in South Point student residences will be locked to prohibit social gatherings.
  • Effective immediately, we will not allow visitors into any of South Point’s offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria or Port Elizabeth.
  • Effective immediately, students will no longer need vacate notes to leave South Point student buildings for the Easter break.

Please interact with us on our official social media platforms if you have any queries or call us on 060 018 9901 or email admin@staysouthpoint.co.za

Johannesburg, Head Office

17 Melle Street Braamfontein
PO Box 31985, Braamfontein, 2017
060 073 2438
Safety Initiatives
  • BIOMETRICS
    All South Point facilities have biometric access to ensure only residents and their visitors have access to our buildings.
  • FRONT DESK SUPPORT
    We have round-the-clock Front Desk Officers at each of our entry points who monitor building access for all tenants.
  • SECURITY CAMERAS
    Each of our lobbies have CCTV cameras in all our lobbies – monitoring and recording all movements
  • SECURITY PARTNERSHIPS
    In Braamfontein, we support and work with the Braamfontein Improvement District, to create a safer district environment outside our buildings.
  • TERTIARY COLLABORATION
    Our partnerships with all major tertiary institutions across the country provides support and collaboration for safety evenings and other safety initiatives (we’ve just hosted our first safety evening in Johannesburg, which we will be rolling out nationwide).
Street-smart safety rules
  • BE ALERT
    Remain conscious of surroundings and report any suspicious behaviour in and around your building. Know where you’re going – and walk with purpose.
  • AVOID STRANGERS
    Don’t interact with strangers on any level – and learn to always trust your instinct.
  • WATCH YOUR STUFF
    Carry your rucksack in front of you (not hanging from your back). Keep your phone and/or purse/wallet in your front pocket – never in your back pocket.
  • PHONE SAFETY
    Do not stand or walk in public spaces while chatting or texting on your phone to avoid phone-snatchers.
  • WALK SMART
    Walk in groups and stick to well-lit, busy routes – there’s safety in numbers. Avoid walking alone and taking short-cuts on isolated, quiet streets, particularly after hours.
  • DON’T FLASH
    Do not flash cellphones, tablets or other expensive items.
  • STREET SENSE
    Should you feel unsafe or feel someone is following or approaching you, walk to the nearest populated space (e.g. a South Point residence, or an open restaurant or store).