4 November 2016
We are drawing to the close of a challenging year. Many of you have had to work under demanding and extremely taxing conditions. I cannot enumerate here all the additional pressures that many of you have shouldered as a result of the disruptions on campus. We appreciate every effort you have made, as a community and individually, to fulfil your responsibilities to the University of Cape Town and our students.
As a gesture of gratitude for all you have done (and continue to do), the executive has agreed that UCT will close for the three days of 28, 29 and 30 December 2016. This time will not be counted as leave but as a paid holiday. For most people, this will allow for a continuous break from 24 December 2016 to 2 January 2017 inclusive.
Special instances regarding leave are discussed below.
Critical services and skeleton staff
Please think of these extra days of paid leave as a gesture of gratitude for your courage, energy, dedication and loyalty. It is my hope that this break will help relieve the stresses we have all experienced this year, and will enable you to return to UCT with more energy for 2017.
Dr Max Price
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