Dear Prof Phakeng, Carolyn,
I just wanted to write to say how sorry I am and dismayed by the tragic fire in Cape Town and damage to your buildings. As a huge admirer of UCT and a bibliophile, it’s just the worst news and you and your colleagues and community have my great sympathy, it just must be an absolutely awful challenge to now have amidst everything else you are dealing with right now.
I hope you can take care of yourselves and somehow find the strength and energy to get over this and continue your brilliant work, and contributions to life in CT and the world.
With all best wishes,
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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.
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