Dear colleagues and students
The annual Womxn’s Day celebration event will be held virtually this month, while the vaccination programme in the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) sector has been extended until 6 August. Read more on these and and other updates below.
1. Virtual Womxn’s Day celebration event
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, will host a virtual Womxn’s Day celebration event on 10 August at 13:00, under the theme ‘Social responsiveness and internationalisation’.
Recipients of the #ForWomxnByWomxn research grants will share updates on their exciting research projects. These range from contraception and HIV risk of womxn in sub-Saharan Africa, building capacity in the field of oceanography for black South African womxn, and transforming the field of palaeoanthropology. Some of their students will share the work they have been doing during the lockdown to advance social responsiveness and internationalisation.
Miss South Africa 2020, Shudufhadzo Musida, will deliver the keynote address. Musida, an advocate for mental health awareness and the empowerment of womxn and children, recently graduated with an honours degree in international relations from Wits University.
2. Extension of the PSET vaccination programme
The National Department of Health and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on vaccines have agreed to extend the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) priority vaccination programme by a further week. All eligible staff members who have not yet been vaccinated are urged to go to their nearest vaccination site anytime from 08:00 to 17:00, weekdays until 6 August 2021.
UCT staff members (35 years and over) can also receive their vaccine at the dedicated Pinelands Emergency Medical Services (EMS) site in Alexandra Road.
Prior to visiting any vaccination site, staff members are encouraged to register on the EVDS system. Registered staff can proceed to the nearest vaccination site, taking along with the following documents:
3. Update on UCT’s COVID-19 cases
As at 1 August 2021, the university has 500 reported cases of COVID-19 among non-health sciences staff members, with 429 recoveries. The number of students who have tested positive stands at 193, with 181 recoveries. The university has lost 22 staff members and three students to the virus.
Getting as many people vaccinated as possible is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of infection and the severity of the illness if one does get infected. It can also be a way of helping to protect others. Staff and students who have not yet done so and are eligible are urged to please register to receive their vaccination.
The university continues to make progress with the Western Cape Department of Health to set up a community vaccination site at the Forest Hill residence complex. The site will in due course be open to all eligible UCT staff, students and members of the public.
4. UCT appoints new Executive Director: Finance
Mr Vincent Mohau Motholo has been appointed as the new Executive Director: Finance for UCT. He will take up the position on 1 October 2021. He is a qualified chartered accountant and registered auditor with experience in the South African higher education environment.
5. Briefing session: socially responsive course development grants
An optional online briefing session will be held on Wednesday, 11 August from 12:30 to 14:00, where the criteria for selection of successful applications for the socially responsive teaching and learning course development grants 2021 will be discussed. It is highly recommended that prospective grantees attend this session.
As a university, UCT is finding ways to use teaching and research to engage with society, albeit in different ways where needed. Four grants of R10 000 each are available to develop, design or revise a course that meets the criteria. For purposes of this grant, these courses need to be a part of the formal curriculum.
6. UCT Health App – What students and staff members need to do to access campus
UCT is required to control access to campus in compliance with COVID-19 regulations. The university has recently refined the protocols students and staff members must follow to come onto UCT property. The refined protocols have been included in the latest version of the UCT Health App.
Please complete the online COVID-19 induction training. This induction training needs to be completed for each year of attendance by UCT students and staff members.
7. The UCT Health App is now available for contractors and visitors
Entry to the UCT campus is restricted under COVID-19 regulations and therefore visitors and contractors will no longer have open access to campus. Staff members are required to extend invitations, via the visitors/contractors link on the UCT Health app, to visitors and contractors for any purpose including deliveries, meetings or rendering of services.
Visitors will be required to respond to the same set of daily health screening questions as the UCT community. Personal information will not be distributed to any parties in compliance with POPIA. Each invited visitor will receive an email to conduct their online Daily Screening questionnaire and, once that is completed, a link to the result.
For bulk visitors/contractors who will be entering the campus, a link will be provided to an Excel template that caters for the bulk loading of contractors or staff, such as those operating on a construction or maintenance project. Letters of Authority will no longer be required for visitors and contractors, as the Health App Visitor Screening result will be accepted by security officers at the various checkpoints controlling access onto campus.
Please continue to make it part of your daily routine to reach out to your colleagues, your friends and your family, even if you can only do so remotely. Building a sense of connection and community is an important part of fighting the effects of the pandemic on our lives.
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