Update in light of continuing taxi strike

10 August 2023

Dear students and colleagues

In light of the Western Cape taxi strike continuing beyond Wednesday, 9 August, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is keeping in place the precautionary measures implemented during this period.

While taking into consideration the safety of students and staff, UCT hopes to minimise the impact of the taxi strike on the university’s academic and operational activities. The following measures remain in place during this period:

  • Academic activities are continuing. Some lectures will continue online, unless circumstances allow for in-person lectures. Faculties will continue with the measures already in place, exercising their discretion on whether classes are hybrid or online or, where possible, in-person. Course conveners are communicating specific arrangements directly to students in their courses.
  • Working arrangements for staff remain as previously communicated. 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.
  • Arrangements with the UCT Shuttle remain the same too. The shuttle continues operating at limited capacity. Staff and students are advised to expect delays or, where possible, to make alternate travel arrangements.

The university remains aware that some members of the university community may be negatively impacted by the taxi strike. Students and staff are reminded that UCT has available support through Student Wellness Services and the Human Resources department.

The university will continue monitoring the situation and will share further updates as and when there are any developments.

Communication and Marketing Department

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