Info session on COVID-19 part of SWS drive

02 March 2020 | Campus Announcement

Dear students

The Student Wellness Service (SWS) will host an information session on the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Wednesday, 4 March 2020 at the Chillzone from 12:30-13:30.

The information session forms part of the ongoing Wellness Drive, which is hosted biannually by the Department of Student Affairs (DSA)’s SWS. The Wellness Drive got underway on 2 March and will continue until 5 March. It is hosted at the Sarah Baartman Hall and the Plaza on upper campus.

Information on the COVID-19 infection and protocols will be available at the Coronavirus station throughout the duration of the programme.

Other wellness events will be held at the Hiddingh campus on 10-11 March 2020 (at the Student Hub), and at the Faculty of Health Sciences campus on 13-14 March 2020 (at both the Barnard Fuller Building and Aadil Moerat Room).

The Wellness Drive will offer HIV counselling and testing, wellness screening with health education, mental health self-help tips, stress relief techniques and dynamic relaxation practices.

The sessions provide essential information through a packed and insightful programme that enables students to:

  • Join in any of the dynamic stress relieving techniques and dynamic relaxation practices; including drumming, yoga sessions and mindfulness.
  • Visit the famous Chillzone, where wellness buddies will host various events, talks and activities. These will provide an opportunity for students to connect and talk about mental health and other issues. The SWS will provide information on sources of help as well as encouraging help-seeking behaviour. Students can send the SWS peer counsellors and wellness buddies questions on
  • Get more information on the Peer Mental Health Support Programme, meet the SWS’s peer counsellors and start getting involved.
  • Join a support group or student wellness forum.
  • Book an appointment at SWS.


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Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global pandemic that caused President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a national disaster in South Africa on 15 March. This was followed by the implementation of a national lockdown, which has been in effect since midnight on 26 March and is currently scheduled until 16 April. The intention of this drastic measure is to “flatten the curve” and contain the spread of the coronavirus to enable healthcare workers to more effectively treat those affected.

UCT is taking the threat of infection in our university community extremely seriously, and this page will be updated regularly with the latest COVID-19 information.



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In an email to the UCT community, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:
“COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, is a rapidly changing epidemic. [...] Information [...] will be updated as and when new information becomes available.”


We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will be updating the UCT community regularly – as and when there are further updates. If you are concerned or need more information, students can contact the Student Wellness Service on 021 650 5620 or 021 650 1271 (after hours), while staff can contact 021 650 5685.