Wednesday, 6 May

06 May 2020


The chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT), Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, has applauded the university community for demonstrating great strength and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She recognised that UCT is facing a complex and evolving situation and thanked the executive, the leadership lekgotla, under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, academic staff and professional administrative and service staff for serving UCT with courage, dignity and compassion amid this uncertain time.

While a number of challenges remain, especially for students, which include adapting to the new ways of teaching and learning during lockdown, she implored that they practise self-care, reach out to their struggling peers and do their best every day.

The chancellor encouraged the university community to draw strength from Ma Albertina Sisulu who was born during a time when the Spanish Flu pandemic gripped the world. But through her unfaltering spirit she survived and became one of South Africa’s greatest inspirations in the fight against apartheid.

She reminded the UCT community that the pandemic won’t last forever and assured staff and students of her continuous support.

Staff battling with stress are urged to remotely make use of the UCT services available.

Read the Chancellor’s Desk.

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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.