International students will be subject to the same regulations applied to foreign visitors, which compels each individual to produce a negative Covid-19 test or face a 10-day quarantine at their own cost, he said.
He also warned that health and safety protocols — physical distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, sanitising and environmental cleaning — must be applied.
Nzimande said universities will also now be able to move to 50% occupancy of their rooms, up to a maximum of 250 people indoors at a time, with ventilation of rooms remaining critical.
“As a sector, we will also allow the hosting of side gatherings up to 500 people at a time.”
He said according to the latest reports, there were now a total of 1,979 cases of Covid-19 at institutions. These include 1,215 staff members and 764 students.