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SA students repatriated from China go home after completing quarantine programme

The more than 70 students all tested negative for COVID-19 and have been at the Birchwood Hotel in Kempton Park for the past two weeks.

More than 70 students were repatriated earlier in March while on job placement in China – including in the city of Wuhan where the virus originated. Picture: Bonga Dlulane/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – After 14 days in quarantine, 76 South African students will be reunited with their families on Saturday morning.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is meeting the group after they returned from China last month.

They all tested negative for COVID-19 and have been at the Birchwood Hotel in Kempton Park for the past two weeks.

Eager students from various vocational colleges sat waiting to see their families and loved ones.

They wore masks, practiced social distancing and chatted amongst themselves as they waited for Minister Nzimande’s arrival.

They were repatriated while on job placement in China – including in the city of Wuhan where the virus originated.

Officials from the department have been overseeing their quarantine process.

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