Monday, 20 April

20 April 2020
 

17:45

On Monday, 20 April, the University of Cape Town’s students began a week of online orientation to prepare for the start of the second term on 28 April.

Our plan uses all of UCT’s investments in technology, infrastructure and expertise.

Please help us by supporting them in this important phase.

Students with questions about emergency remote learning should contact their faculty supervisors, course lecturers and tutors via email and Vula.

We have reached agreements with all four of South Africa’s major mobile service providers for zero-rated access to university online platforms.

This week we will begin providing data bundles to all students with valid South African cell numbers, along with the delivery of laptop computers on loan to qualifying students. We will also distribute printed learning materials and USB drives to students who can’t access the internet in any form.

UCT is invested in getting every student through this difficult period, both academically and emotionally. We will continue to assess what works, identify problems and develop solutions.

Read the VC’s email to parents, guardians and sponsors.


12:30

The University of Cape Town (UCT) leadership and senior management teams are working actively to ensure support for the postgraduate community. While the university does not have all the answers, it is working hard to develop plans to support you and your research. Here are a number of developments thus far:

  • Taught programmes: Taught postgraduate degrees and diplomas are now either ready to go online or already online. The orientation week that started on Monday, 20 April, has been designed to give everyone the opportunity to adjust to these new delivery modes. Please contact your course convener or the department’s postgraduate administrator if you have not received communication on your programme going online or if you have difficulty with online access and taking part in academic activities.
  • Research degrees: Postgraduates involved in research degrees are advised to contact their supervisors. Some of you will have limited access because your supervisor is actively working in the frontlines of this pandemic. The university is working with faculties to ensure there are solutions.
  • International postgraduates: Please note that UCT’s International Office is playing an active role in the relevant working groups and the specific challenges faced by our international postgraduates are on the agenda.
  • Resources for working remotely: Please ensure that you have completed the UCT Student Access Survey so that the university can identify the laptop needs of South African students and gauge the connectivity and ability of postgraduates to do academic work in their home environments. UCT has also secured zero-rated academic sites with Telkom and Cell C and negotiations continue with MTN and Vodacom.
  • Fees and funding: UCT is actively looking for paths to address, where possible, the many concerns voiced around fees and funding. Answers will be communicated as soon as possible.
  • NRF postgraduate funding call: The 2021 National Research Foundation (NFR) postgraduate funding call has opened. There are many changes in this call for 2021 and it is important to note that the UCT internal deadline is the one you need to work towards.

Read the DVC’s Desk.


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Coronavirus Disease 2019 updates

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 has recently been extended to 30 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.

Campus updates

 

Daily updates


Monday, 6 July 16:20, 6 July 2020
Thursday, 25 June 10:15, 25 June 2020
Tuesday, 23 June 12:30, 23 June 2020
Thursday, 18 June 17:35, 18 June 2020
Wednesday, 17 June 10:45, 17 June 2020
Tuesday, 2 June 12:20, 2 June 2020
Friday, 29 May 09:25, 29 May 2020
Monday, 25 May 14:00, 25 May 2020
Thursday, 21 May 12:00, 21 May 2020
Wednesday, 6 May 10:00, 6 May 2020
Tuesday, 5 May 17:05, 5 May 2020
Thursday, 30 April 17:10, 30 April 2020
Tuesday, 28 April 10:30, 28 April 2020
Friday, 24 April 09:35, 24 April 2020
Thursday, 23 April 17:00, 23 April 2020
Wednesday, 22 April 14:25, 22 April 2020
Monday, 20 April 17:45, 20 April 2020
Friday, 17 April 12:30, 17 April 2020
Thursday, 16 April 09:45, 16 April 2020
Tuesday, 14 April 11:30, 14 April 2020
Thursday, 9 April 09:00, 9 April 2020
Wednesday, 8 April 15:40, 8 April 2020
Wednesday, 1 April 15:50, 1 April 2020
Friday, 27 March 11:40, 27 March 2020
Thursday, 26 March 18:30, 26 March 2020
Tuesday, 24 March 15:40, 24 March 2020
Monday, 23 March 15:40, 23 March 2020
Friday, 20 March 16:00, 20 March 2020
Thursday, 19 March 09:15, 19 March 2020
Wednesday, 18 March 16:00, 18 March 2020
Tuesday, 17 March 12:50, 17 March 2020
Monday, 16 March 17:15, 16 March 2020

Campus communications


Pre-paid data for UCT students 14:25, 22 April 2020
Update for postgraduate students 12:55, 20 April 2020
UCT Human Resources and COVID-19 16:05, 19 March 2020
UCT confirms second COVID-19 case 09:15, 19 March 2020
Update on UCT COVID-19 response 13:50, 11 March 2020
Update on COVID-19 17:37, 6 March 2020

Resources

Video messages from the Department of Medicine

Getting credible, evidence-based, accessible information and recommendations relating to COVID-19

The Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, are producing educational video material for use on digital platforms and in multiple languages. The information contained in these videos is authenticated and endorsed by the team of experts based in the Department of Medicine. Many of the recommendations are based on current best evidence and are aligned to provincial, national and international guidelines. For more information on UCT’s Department of Medicine, please visit the website.


To watch more videos like these, visit the Department of Medicine’s YouTube channel.

Useful information from UCT

External resources


News and opinions


Statements and media releases


Media releases



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Statements from Government



 
 

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.

 

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