Gratitude to all for dedication and hard work
The University of Cape Town would like to express its gratitude to you as we approach the two-week mark of the national lockdown, and acknowledge your role in keeping the institution going during this difficult time.
At all levels of our institution, colleagues are working extremely hard to ensure that the academic enterprise and its many necessary support operations continue, even in this new, remote environment.
There are many other examples of the collective efforts of departments and teams, all of them focusing their creativity, energy and selfless commitment to keep UCT’s services and systems in working order. The university thanks you.
UCT’s leadership would also like to remind you of the importance of reaching out to each other during this time. Please make a committed effort to connect with each other.
Another important commitment to make is to seek help when you need it. If you are battling with the stress of lockdown, please make use of the services that are available to UCT staff and students, such as the Student Wellness Service and other staff support services for mental health and wellness.
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COVID-19 is a global pandemic that caused President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a national disaster in South Africa on 15 March 2020 and to implement a national lockdown from 26 March 2020.
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. Please note that the information on this page is subject to change depending on current lockdown regulations.
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.