CPUT Transport and Residence Evacuation – Students Left Stranded
We are pleased by the massive take up from students on the institutional offer of free transport following the closure of Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) campuses. The demand for buses far exceeded the initial estimate as thousands of students headed towards the major provinces from noon yesterday. Buses continued to ferry students from residences to the central depot throughout Friday well into the evening and the operation continued today.
Staff worked for well over 30 hours and stayed with students at the depot to ensure that the situation was managed. Unfortunately the process took longer than expected because the institution was resolute that only top grade buses be used for the transfer. While we understand this was uncomfortable for students who had a longer wait, we wanted to ensure that safety was the top priority. Apart from the timing delay which affected some students, the majority were successfully processed and began their journey without incident. We expect the rest to be on their way by this afternoon.
We are aware that there are still some students remaining in residence who have indicated they now wish to leave. We remind these individuals that the communicated cut-off time for the free transport was 4pm on Friday, this was later extended to 6pm. Unfortunately we will now not be able to include them in the current travel arrangement. Executive Management will engage on a plan of action for those students still in residence.
We are also aware of several fake news stories being published regarding CPUT contracted buses being involved in an accident. We need to state that no CPUT contracted bus has been involved in any accidents. We urge stakeholders to refrain from spreading fake news. This creates unnecessary panic and confusion and the originator, as well as those who spread this news, can be held legally liable.