Final year medical students will be allowed to return to universities in South Africa to continue their studies after the narrowing reopening of campuses earlier this month.
Eswatini Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Senator Thulie Dlamini said that her discussions with South African authorities and SADC partners revealed that borders would remain closed to all other migrant workers and students.
These students who are studying medicine will be subjected to a 14 day quarantine before they continue with their studies. We all know that the number of cases is rising in South Africa. They decided to allow this small group back to be able to manage the situation.
University students expected back on campus as early as June.
It is unclear when South Africa will allow other students from SADC states to return to universities and colleges.
Foreign students who have remained in South Africa during the lockdown will be allowed to resume their studies when campuses open.
Final year medical students returned to campus on 11 May but with the borders still closed, students who had either travelled home before lockdown or opted to be repatriated at a later date were unable to return to South Africa.