GDC’s Official Response: COVID-19 Virus

GDC’s Official Response: COVID-19 Virus

Dear GDC student

We have noted the Presidential address and calls for precautionary measures to fight the much feared COVID-19 virus from all citizens of South Africa. We fully support this call and wish to everything within our means to contribute to a healthy work environment, healthy workforce and a healthier country. As such, the following measures will be put in place during the next two days.

GDC students:

  1. All contact classes will be suspended from Tuesday 17 March until further notice.
  2. Students will have until end of Tuesday 17 March to access GDC premises. After that the college will be closed to students.
  3. All studio and practical projects will receive an extension until the first week of term 2, beginning 14 April.
  4. HoD’s will coordinate with their departments to make outstanding teaching and learning material available to students digitally to assist students in completing their projects.
  5. Critical Studies submission due this week or the next to be submitted digitally by Friday 27 March. Individual lecturers will communicate with the student group to confirm whether students should submit via email, OneDrive or Google Drive.
  6. Critical Studies Honours students will receive feedback on their research proposals from their individual supervisors digitally.
  7. Lecturers will be available for communication via email during timetabled class times until the resumption of normal classes. SRC and class reps to please consolidate class queries or concerns to facilitate smooth communication with the lecturing staff.
  8. Official communication with the student body will be released via the GDC email accounts. SRC and class reps to please assist in forwarding communication to the student body via the individual class WhatsApp groups.
  9. Students to email Christo at for assistance regarding their email accounts.

Let us all contribute in the fight to get this virus under control. We urge you to practise all the guidelines as requested by the president. 

Further to this, we want to request that you watch the video in the link below, created by the AIE content team, and read the guidelines as to better familiarise yourself with the virus and actions you can take.

Precautionary Measures

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or show symptoms of respiratory illness 
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with the other people in your home. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles. 
  • Avoid crowds, meetings and gatherings. 

Any person returning home from other countries is requested to remain in self-isolation for 14 days, from the date of their return to South Africa, to monitor any potential signs of the virus. If any of the symptoms appear, a doctor should be consulted. Should you suspect that you have contracted the virus, it is necessary to get tested. 

The results of the pathology test can take up to 48 hours and they are free of charge.

Do not walk into any healthcare facility without notifying the ER team beforehand as this potentially exposes other individuals to the virus. Not all confirmed cases require hospitalisation, sometimes just isolation at home. 

If you need more information about the virus, symptoms and treatment, visit the following webpages: 

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