What is be­ing done to tackle cam­pus is­sues

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IN A ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion, Nel­son Man­dela Univer­sity spokes­woman Zandile Mba­bela ex­plained what was be­ing done to tighten up se­cu­rity

Q: Fol­low­ing the Oc­to­ber 2 at­tack, the univer­sity said it would up the num­ber of se­cu­rity guards. Has this hap­pened and by how many guards?

A: Se­cu­rity has been en­hanced by way of added fo­cus on identification at ac­cess points, on grounds and in­side build­ings, where at any stage se­cu­rity can ap­proach and re­quest identification.

The in­crease in num­bers is sub­ject to added proactive pa­trols be­ing pro­vided to all our cam­puses by armed re­sponse ve­hi­cles.

Added to this, weekly site vis­its are con­ducted by se­nior su­per­vi­sory staff to en­sure com­pli­ance and con­sis­tent ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Q: Has the joint task team been set up?

A: The safety and se­cu­rity task team was set up and met within the week of the in­ci­dent. The task team has held sev­eral meet­ings since.

Some of the work that has been done in­cludes:

ý En­ter­ing into a part­ner­ship with pub­lic se­cu­rity in­sti­tu­tions – SAPS and Metro Po­lice – as part of im­prov­ing se­cu­rity. This part­ner­ship will be limited to them as­sist­ing with pa­trols at off-cam­pus sur­rounds and stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion. Im­prov­ing CCTV cam­era cov­er­age – hin­drance to vis­i­bil­ity of cam­eras by shrub­bery has been ad­dressed and ad­di­tional cam­eras ordered.

ý On-cam­pus green routes have been iden­ti­fied for im­proved se­cu­rity mon­i­tor­ing. Ad­di­tional se­cu­rity per­son­nel have been de­ployed to the iden­ti­fied routes.

ý En­list­ing the ser­vices of a pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pany to as­sist with armed re­sponse and pa­trols as a way to as­sist with and en­hance the work of cam­pus se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

ý Shar­ing in­for­ma­tion with lo­cal se­cu­rity agen­cies to mon­i­tor crime around the area, through the Sum­mer­strand Com­mu­nity Crime Fo­rum.

ý ICT has opened up the univer­sity’s WiFi net­work to al­low for What­sApp voice call­ing which will go a long way in as­sist­ing with re­port­ing or alert­ing se­cu­rity to pos­si­ble crimes. The de­part­ment is also ex­plor­ing a range of dig­i­tal so­lu­tions to­wards im­proved safety, in­clud­ing a pro­posal to in­stall panic but­tons in iden­ti­fied hotspot ar­eas and emer­gency web-based

ap­pli­ca­tions that would meet di­rect needs of the univer­sity stake­hold­ers.

ý Shut­tle routes have been re­viewed to cover a wider area where stu­dents are to be dropped off closer to their des­ti­na­tions.

Q: Par­tic­u­lar men­tion was made of en­sur­ing se­cu­rity on the Sec­ond Av­enue cam­pus but this is where our team of­ten saw no se­cu­rity. How does the univer­sity ex­plain this lax se­cu­rity?

A: The univer­sity con­cedes to weak­nesses in ef­fec­tive ac­cess con­trol across its cam­pus en­trances and, through the work of the task team, is de­vis­ing plans to ad­e­quately con­trol en­try points.

One of the con­cerns raised by stu­dents, who form a crit­i­cal part of the safety and se­cu­rity task team, was that the univer­sity was an open cam­pus and needed to be con­verted to a closed cam­pus.

This is one of the longer-term so­lu­tions that the task team is work­ing to ad­dress.

Q: Has the au­dit of light­ing been com­pleted?

A: An au­dit of the light­ing across all cam­puses was con­ducted with the in­ten­tion of re­pair­ing any mal­func­tion­ing light­ing as well as ad­dress­ing po­ten­tial dark spots.

Lights that were not work­ing have been re­placed and/or fixed and ad­di­tional light­ing is be­ing put in place where needed.

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