Dear Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng,
The news reaching us about the fire damage to some of the important facilities, buildings, especially part of the UCT Library saddens us and I write to express to you and the entire community of UCT my sympathy for this loss. The loss of such historic and cherished architectural works dampens our spirits, but we know that UCT is made up of resilient scholars, innovators, and leaders and under your leadership, UCT will rebound and be stronger in the aftermath of this disaster.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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In an email to UCT students, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:
“Thank you for your patience as we seek ways to return to full academic activity at the University of Cape Town under COVID-19 regulations. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of everyone who needs to return to campus buildings.”
UCT is deeply grateful to all the donors who supplied food and other essential items for our students, and to everyone who has so generously offered other forms of support and assistance.
Everyone who would like to support the #UCTFire emergency relief fund is urged to please make financial donations to UCT through the UCT Alumni Ways to Give web page.
Donations can also be made by EFT using the details below:
Account name: UCT Donations Account
Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa
Branch code: Rondebosch Branch, 025009
Account number: 07 152 2387
Swift code: SBZAZAJJ
Please include your donor name if you so wish, as well as the reference for your donation, e.g. Name Surname, #UCTFire.