Thursday, 9 April

09 April 2020


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.

  • The hard work needed to shift to online learning is placing enormous additional pressure on academics, in particular, and on professional, administrative and support staff who contribute to the online enterprise with their expertise.
  • Across UCT, staff and students are making extraordinary efforts while working from home and are responding with resilience, creativity and endurance.
  • Many members of the UCT community are volunteering their services to help serve others.
  • Experts and specialists are assisting at the provincial and national level, serving on the frontline of this health battle.

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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UCT’s response to COVID-19

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.


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Commemorating a year of COVID-19

At midnight on 26 March 2020, South Africa went into the first nationwide hard lockdown. A year later, we remember those who have died and those who have been affected by COVID-19, as well as the pandemic’s effects across society and campus. We are especially grateful for the front-line health workers who have done so much for so many.

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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.