Africa Month webinars and other updates

21 May 2020 | Campus Announcement

Dear students

This campus announcement aims to inform the UCT community about recent developments on campus.

1. Invitation to join important Africa Day webinars

In commemorating Africa Month, the African Union’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), in collaboration with UCT Convocation and the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, will host a three-day Africa Month public symposium under the theme “Africa’s innovations in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic”. From Wednesday, 27 May to Friday, 29 May 2020, five webinars will discuss – among others – knowledge systems and knowledge production on the continent, best practice examples in Africa, the climate change and development nexus in Africa, Pan-African reflections on leadership and good governance during COVID-19, and COVID-19 philanthropy on the continent.

2. UCT student support services during lockdown

The process of transitioning to online learning due to the lockdown has not been an easy one for students. The UCT executive acknowledges the vastly different socio-economic conditions under which students are learning. There is a wide range of support available to support each student dealing with varied and complex challenges, through the Student Wellness Service and the Office for Inclusivity and Change. The executive is committed to continuing to support students as much as possible.

3. Monthly data provisioning

Please note that the next monthly data top up for students will be provisioned on 22 May 2020. All UCT students with a South African cell number on PeopleSoft with the four networks – Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom – will receive the monthly 30GB or 40GB top up data.

Thank you to all students who have already opted out of getting data bundles from UCT. If you have adequate internet access at home and don’t need a data bundle, please opt out of receiving future data top ups. This will ensure that UCT can continue to assist students who don’t have sufficient resources for online learning.


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