Jooste explained that an executive decision was made in 2016 that all returning students would retain their 2016 cards for access to UP campuses in 2017. This decision was made in order to minimise costs to all students, staff and contractors. For consistency, new first year students will continue to use 2016 student cards, until they are issued with smart cards.

The smart cards will work in conjunction with current student cards and are expected to be implemented later this year.

 

Photo: Ditebogo Tshaka