Arrangements due to severe weather on 11 July

10 July 2024 | Mr Mughtar Parker, Acting COO

Dear colleagues and students

In light of the level 8 weather warning issued by the South African Weather Service, the University of Cape Town (UCT) wishes to alert staff and students of recommended arrangements for Thursday, 11 July 2024.

The safety and wellbeing of members of the UCT campus community is a top priority. Management encourages all staff and students to prioritise their personal safety and to take necessary precautions this week.

Where operationally and practically possible, UCT encourages staff to switch to remote working.

Teaching and learning is still formally in recess. However, should there be any planned teaching and learning-related activities, the relevant staff should communicate applicable arrangements directly with their groups.

Similarly, there should be communication from the relevant staff to their particular groups should there be any research-related activities that have to continue as planned.

The UCT Shuttle is at this stage scheduled to operate as per the vacation timetable. However, should operations be impacted, updates will be communicated via the usual university platforms (the website, social media and the app).

Staff who do have to travel to campus are urged to exercise caution, as weather forecasts have indicated that disruptive rain is expected. Please follow guidance from local authorities as it relates to precautions, particularly when travelling, or if you reside in a low-lying area.

Should any member of the campus community need any support during this period, please do reach out via any appropriate channels, whether it is through your line manager or the Human Resources department (for staff) or through your course convenor or Student Wellness Services (for students).

For any general queries or emergencies related to this, please call 021 650 2222.

Please stay safe and warm, and take care.


Mughtar Parker
Acting Chief Operating Officer

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