TUT benefits from international grant in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

10 March 2022

The Tshwane University of Technology is one of the universities in South Africa to benefit from a grant awarded to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to support the country in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for the introduction and strengthening of new testing technologies as well as scaling up of these testing innovations. Through Higher Health, they have generously reached out to provide training support for universities on COVID-19 Antigen Testing. CHAI has, with the support of National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS), facilitated the training of healthcare workers, giving priority to institutions of higher education.


The Directorate of Health and Wellness, in collaboration with the COVID-19 Task Team,  and Higher Health, has played a central role in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and all its challenges at TUT. Owing to the donation of more than 300 antigen testing kits and the provisioning of the abovementioned training, the Directorate of  Health and Wellness can now provide an added health service to staff and students.

These test kits will be distributed among all TUT’s campuses to facilitate testing of symptomatic and asymptomatic staff and students, e.g. in instances where people have to test for travel purposes. 

According to Dr Annah Sefolosha, Director of Health and Wellness, these test kits will not be available for the weekly testing of people who do not want to be vaccinated.  She explained that the antigen testing programme is registered with the NHLS, where all the results will be captured. While test results will not be provided to individuals electronically or in person, a request can be submitted to the national database, should the results be required.

The TUT community and members of the surrounding communities are once again invited to visit the  Pretoria Campus, which is an approved vaccination site. Pop-up sites are also facilitated at other campuses, as and when the need arises. 

Booster vaccinations are now also available at the Pretoria Campus site. (NB! Persons who received the Pfizer 2nd dose more than 90 days ago, are eligible for the booster shot and persons who received the Johnson & Johnson  one dose 60 days ago, are eligible for a booster shot. There is no need to wait for an SMS notice).

For more information on the Tshwane University of Technology, please contact Phaphama Tshisikhawe, Corporate Affairs and Marketing.
Tel: +27 12 382 4711 Email: tshisikhawerpt@tut.ac.za