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Unisa latest news – A fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Unisa, which forced its closure for the day.

The fire broke out at 01:00 am on 21 December 2022 at Unisa’s Muckleneuk Campus at the Block B building of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The damages caused by the fire are estimated at nearly R98 million, with an additional R10 million required to renovate other areas of the campus that were not damaged in the blaze.

The on-site team was led by Mr Feresane Sibeko of Facilities Management and Mr Victor Khethani of Protection Services. This team was joined by Prof Puleng LenkaBula who is the Principal and Vice Chancellor of Unisa.

There was an explosion at Unisa’s Soshanguve campus. The on-site team contacted the City of Tshwane Fire Department, who later managed to contain the fire. After the fire was contained it was reported that there were no injuries.

An investigation into the death of a student who was found dead in a burning residence will be launched by Unisa, City of Tshwane Fire Department, and SAPS.

The findings from our investigation will help determine the cause of the fire as well as the extent of the damage. The report will guide management on what to do next.

The unisa building is currently cordoned off due an investigation. Prof Puleng LenkaBula has stated that the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela building will not be open for access during the investigation, for health and safety reasons.

All staff members who work in the affected building will be communicated to via LINE function.


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