UJ APK Fire Cause Remains Unknown

Students and staff in the morning received an email from the institution addressing the fire that was detected in early hours.

No comments

By Zara Abrosie, Sinenhlanhla Ngweya & Valerie Nomsa Mncube (2 mins read)

University of Johannesburg (UJ) Spokesperson Herman Esterhuizen has confirmed that the reason for the fire, which took place at the UJ Auckland Park Kingsway Campus Wednesday morning, is still under investigation.

Students and staff received an email from the institution addressing a fire that was detected in the early hours of the morning. The fire started in the Core 5 facilities and affected the power supply in neighbouring areas.

The university communicated that the affected areas were  D-Ring, D-Les, E-Ring, E-Les, Computer Laboratories, Student Affairs, Campus Health, Student Finance, SRC Offices and Chamber, Day Houses and the Student Centre, according to the second email from UJ to staff and students.

It communicated that all academic and administrative activities will resume on 1 August 2019. Lecture venues times and their access will continue as normal, excluding the Sanlam Auditorium that will remain closed.

APK fire feature image 2
Locked entrance to UJ APK Student Affairs department on Wednesday, 31st August 2019. Photo by: Sinenhlanhla Ngwenya.

Esterhuizen said that the affected areas are not completely unusable but rather have been taped off due to the abundance of harmful air given off from the fire and needs time to be cleared.

Several lectures were cancelled, leaving some students unsettled. Vuyokazi Shaweni, a second-year UJ student, expressed her frustration, “We are behind with politics and supposed to be submitting the first part of an essay.”

UJ Student Centre, which can be found at the tail end of the affected areas, was quiet. “Business was slow as we have no generator,” on-campus restaurant Pino’s owner Liz de Sousa said. She is afraid that the products in their cold room may spoil due to the power outage.

Additional on-campus businesses, such as Postnet, were also distressed by the fire. “Our swiping machines are not working, and this means more profit loss because students have been on holiday for the past 2 months,” Postnet junior manager Diyaana Yusuf said. TOJ


Reporting by Zara Abrosie, Sinenhlanhla Ngweya & Valerie Nomsa Mncube; Editing by Gaby Ndongo & Kupakwashe kambasha. 

Feature image: Taped off area toward UJ APK D Block lecture rooms and labs on Wednesday, 31st August 2019. Image by Sinenhlanhla Ngweya.


 

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.