Friday, 11 September

11 September 2020


The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced the plan for a phased return of more students to residences and campus from September 2020. This follows the higher education department’s guidelines allowing for a maximum of 66% of students to return to campus. National COVID-19 guidelines must be followed.

UCT has a four-phase approach.

  • Phase 1: final-year medical students (this has been implemented)
  • Phase 2: vulnerable students (the first cohort has been invited back to residence. Another two cohorts will be invited)
  • Phase 3: students who must be on campus to complete the academic year (in progress until October)
  • Phase 4: the return of all other students (circumstances permitting, and to be advised by UCT as guided by national regulations).

There will be one person per residence room. Health screening measures and personal protective equipment will be available.

Once Phase 3 is completed, 66% of UCT’s 7 700 students in residences will have returned; 4 200 in university residences and 900 in UCT-leased accommodation.

Return is by invitation only. Returning students must undergo a 10-day self-quarantine.

Read the VC Desk.

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