The University of Cape Town (UCT) has instituted an interim Remote Connectivity (GEN 006) policy that will be in place while our office functions continue to operate remotely as a result of COVID-19.
The intention of GEN 006 is to ensure that UCT staff members do not incur additional connectivity costs because of the necessity of working remotely. It provides a framework to guide managers on reimbursing those staff members for the data they need to use in the course of their work for the university. Managers can process requests for reimbursing multiple data allowances for their staff members on the HR109A form.
Staff are asked to please keep in mind that UCT is facing a number of additional emergency costs that have been incurred by COVID-19 and the measures that have been mandated by the national government. These costs include, for instance, personal protective equipment for colleagues that need to work on campus to perform essential services, as well as additional expenses to ensure that the academic project can continue through remote teaching and learning, among others. So UCT relies on managers to determine the data connectivity needs of their work teams to allow UCT to use its financial resources wisely and efficiently.
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