Construction work to upgrade the entrance at the Oppenheimer Life Sciences steps and to create the new Sutton Close entrance will commence on 7 March 2018.
The Campus Planning and Development Department wishes to notify the University community of the commencement of construction in relation to the Gateways Project.
The project will result in the upgrade of the pedestrian entrance at the Oppenheimer Life Sciences (OLS) steps, situated on Jan Smuts Avenue and the creation of the new Sutton Close entrance on Jorissen Street, located between Richard Ward Building and Solomon Mahlangu House.
The objective is to improve access to the University by creating more welcoming pedestrian entrances for staff, students and visitors.
These entrances will have iconic design elements and will boast universal access to accommodate users with mobile and visual impairments; charging points; Wi-Fi connectivity; covered roof areas for protection from the sun and rain, CCTV surveillance; information points and retail facilities.
Construction will commence on 7 March 2018 and will continue for up to four months.
During this time, please use the Station Street entrance (next to the Wits Theatre) as an alternative entrance. You are requested to kindly make adjustments to your personal schedules to accommodate the extra time needed to walk to this entrance.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you in advance for your support. For any enquiries contact: Yael.Horowitz1@wits.ac.za
Welcome to 2018, Witsies
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Professor Adam Habib explains how free education will be further rolled out in future in his first video message to students and staff for 2018.
The Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal also has a special message for first year students and he speaks about the free education for students from households with a collective household income of under R350 000.
Habib expands on the partnership between management and the SRC that resulted in the establishment of a R10 million fund to assist qualifying returning students.
The challenges related to the demand for student accommodation are addressed as well as the University’s investment in infrastructure, and especially the gateways project in Braamfontein which will affect most Witsies.
He emphasises the importance of quality teaching and learning and expands on the investment into teaching facilities that will be built and upgraded this year.
Habib rounds up with a mention of his six month sabbatical leave, from now until September. Professor Tawana Kupe will serve as the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal during this period.