The University of Cape Town (UCT) is providing data bundles for all students who have valid South African mobile numbers recorded in PeopleSoft. If you need a data bundle and have not updated PeopleSoft with your South African mobile number, please do so now.
These data bundles do come at a cost to UCT and they are valid for 30 days only. However, the university faces the strong possibility that online learning will need to continue beyond that 30-day period.
We are aware that some students already have adequate internet access at home to study effectively. This is based on the survey UCT students recently completed. The university asks those of you who have sufficient internet access to consider opting out of receiving a data bundle so that resources can be focused on helping students in need.
The Health Sciences Student’s Council and the Law Students Council have both issued similar appeals, and we applaud the compassion and solidarity that is at the heart of these appeals.
To opt out, please go to PeopleSoft, navigate to the Biographic tab and select “No” under the “Mobile Data required” section.
COVID-19 has created a crisis that everybody around the world is experiencing in different ways. The executive thanks you for everything you are doing to help during these times.
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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.