Important information about reimbursing remote connectivity costs

04 May 2020 | Campus Announcement

Dear colleagues

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has instituted an interim Remote Connectivity (GEN 006) policy that will be in place while our office functions continue to operate remotely as a result of COVID-19.

The intention of GEN 006 is to ensure that UCT staff members do not incur additional connectivity costs because of the necessity of working remotely. It provides a framework to guide managers on reimbursing those staff members for the data they need to use in the course of their work for the university. Managers can process requests for reimbursing multiple data allowances for their staff members on the HR109A form.

Staff are asked to please keep in mind that UCT is facing a number of additional emergency costs that have been incurred by COVID-19 and the measures that have been mandated by the national government. These costs include, for instance, personal protective equipment for colleagues that need to work on campus to perform essential services, as well as additional expenses to ensure that the academic project can continue through remote teaching and learning, among others. So UCT relies on managers to determine the data connectivity needs of their work teams to allow UCT to use its financial resources wisely and efficiently.


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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.


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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.