Measures in place due to impact of the taxi strike

07 August 2023

Dear students and colleagues

The University of Cape Town (UCT) notes that the Western Cape taxi strike – which started on Friday, 4 August 2023 – is continuing this week.

It is reported that the taxi strike will continue until Wednesday, 9 August.

Due to the impact of the taxi strike on the university’s academic and operational activities, and taking into consideration the safety of students and staff, the following measures are in place during this period:

  • Academic activities are continuing and arrangements have been put in place to factor in the prevailing circumstances. Faculties and departments have the discretion to determine whether classes are hybrid or online or, where possible, in-person. Course conveners will communicate specific arrangements to students in their courses.
  • Staff whose jobs do not require them to be on campus may elect to work from home and would have to inform their line managers. Staff who would ordinarily have to be on campus due to the nature of their jobs but are in affected areas should similarly engage directly with their line managers.
  • The UCT Shuttle continues operating at limited capacity as was the case on Friday. Staff and students are advised to expect delays or, where possible, to make alternate travel arrangements.

Members of the university community who may be negatively affected by developments related to the taxi strike are reminded that UCT has available support through Student Wellness Services and the Human Resources department.

The university will share any updates as and when there is further developments.

Communication and Marketing Department

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