Encouraging students to attend the SWS Health Promotion Drive

25 August 2022 | Professor Elelwani Ramugondo

Dear staff and students,

It is that time of the year again! The Department of Student Affairs (DSA) Student Wellness Service (SWS) is hosting a campus-wide health promotion campaign, popularly known as the Wellness Drive. I am encouraging all members of the University of Cape Town (UCT) community to participate in the planned health promotion and well-being activities as an important step towards self-care.

The three-day Wellness Drive commenced on Wednesday at the Richard Luyt Room and the Plaza on Upper Campus and will continue today until 15:30 and on Friday, 26 August from 09:00 to 15:30. It will culminate in a Wellness Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, 27 August from 09:00 to 12:00 on the UCT Rugby Field.

Over fourteen SWS Stakeholders will support the Wellness Drive, raising awareness on well-being and providing various health screenings, including free eye tests, women’s health assessments, HIV/AIDS Counselling and Testing and mindfulness sessions, amongst others. Visit the Chillzone for the daily lunch programme with the peer counsellors and interact with various health practitioners. There are also prizes to be won!

Join our Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng and me at the Wellness Fun Run Walk on Saturday morning for your choice of 3km or 5km to raise awareness for a healthy lifestyle on campus.

Listen to the live broadcast on UCT Radio with various SWS health practitioners being interviewed between 10:00 and 13:00 on Thursday and Friday.

Other significant numbers to remember:

The SWS’s 24-hour telephonic counselling services are available during weekends and after hours:

  • UCT SADAG Careline: call 0800 24 25 26 or text 31393
  • Higher Health Counselling: 0800 36 36 36
  • ER24 UCT collaboration line: 010 205 3010
  • Navigate Appointments with the SWS platform

Remember to take care of your health. We look forward to seeing you.


Professor Elelwani Ramugondo
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation, Student Affairs and Social Responsiveness

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