Impact of Western Cape floods on UCT operations

26 September 2023

Dear colleagues

The University of Cape Town (UCT) management hopes this message finds you safe. Management understands that the recent weather conditions in the Western Cape have been challenging; and sends thoughts and support to all those who have been affected.

The university wishes to provide an update on the situation as well as an approach to be followed in so far as there is any impact on teaching and learning, as well as on staff working on campus.

Teaching and learning

The university is continuing with teaching and learning as usual across faculties. However, UCT is aware that there might be some students who, for one reason or another related to the weather conditions, might be unable to make it to campus for in person classes. In such circumstances, faculties should deal with any special cases on an individual basis and on their own merits. Staff members are urged to be considerate in handling any such possible scenarios, and where necessary, to make plans that are as accommodating and as inclusive as possible.

Working arrangements

The safety and wellbeing of staff remains a top priority. Management encourages all staff to prioritise their personal safety and take necessary precautions. In light of the ongoing recovery efforts and to ensure everyone's safety, remote work arrangements will be supported for those who are unable to travel to the office due to flood-related issues. UCT understands that some staff may have experienced damage to their homes or encountered some transportation challenges. Please communicate your specific circumstances with your manager to make appropriate arrangements.

Support and resources

Staff who may require support during this difficult time are reminded that the university has support available. Any staff member who would like to contact a counsellor is urged to reach out via a toll-free phone line to the following services that are standing by to offer support:

  • SA Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG): 080 017 1171
  • ICAS: 080 111 3945

Stay safe and take care.

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