I would have never thought we would experience a health threat as bad as COVID-19. We do not know how bad it is going to get, how long it will take to be safe again and this uncertainty leads to fear.
I had previously announced that AAA will be closed from the 18th of March and reopen on the 14th of April; this has now changed.
Due to the lockdown that has been enforced nationally for 21 days as of Thursday the 26th of March to April the 16th, the school will now reopen on Monday the 20th of April 2020.
Note that we will commence with virtual learning from the 20th of April, and upon news of the current situation being under control we will make an announcement communicating the return of all students and staff to campus. Assessments like tests etc. will be rescheduled.
I am happy to announce that you will be the pioneers of this exciting new digital venture at AAA. Your lecturers will be in contact with you regarding how the virtual learning will take place and how you can access all your learning material on Moodle and so forth.
I am confident that you will all thrive and make it through with not just exceptional academic results, but with lessons that you could have never learnt otherwise, a new outlook towards life, a stronger will to tackle challenging situations and mostly, more unified than ever. We are all rooting for you.
The campus is closed, however, our staff are well equipped, working from home and ready to be of service to you.
I would like to close off with the wonderful words of encouragement from our President Cyril Ramaphosa; “In the days, weeks and months ahead our resolve, our resourcefulness and our unity as a nation will be tested as never before. I call on all of us, one and all, to play our part. To be courageous, to be patient, and above all, to show compassion. Let us never despair. For we are a nation at one, and we will surely prevail. May God protect our people. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso. God seën Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa. Mudzimu fhatutshedza Afurika. Hosi katekisa Afrika”.
Continue practising all advised precautionary measures as prescribed by the World Health Organising (WHO) and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).
Make use of the NICD’s Coronavirus Emergency 24-hour hotline number- 0800 029 999 – and if necessary visit the NICD’s website www.nicd.ac.za for more information.
Dr. Ludi Koekemoer