Students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) who were affected by the devastating Table Mountain fire on Sunday, 18 April, returned to residences on campus.
Nearly 4 000 students had to be evacuated from residences and moved to emergency accommodation sites around Cape Town, following the recent fire that affected the Rondebosch campus and surrounds.
UCT will conduct an immediate audit of all its emergency evacuation procedures and readiness policies, and guidelines and practices for each residence. This will include a representative sample of statements from directly affected students. This audit will be conducted by UCT’s Occupational Health and Safety department, and will help UCT better plan for a variety of emergencies in the future where evacuation might be required.
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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.