Completing the academic year and other updates

29 July 2020 | Campus Announcement

Dear students

This campus announcement aims to inform the UCT community about recent developments on campus.

1. Guidelines on completing the 2020 academic year

In consultation with faculties and student representatives, the UCT executive has decided to finish the 2020 academic year using remote teaching. This decision, which implies a change in the academic calendar, has been approved by Senate and Council.


2. Update on COVID-19 cases

As at 28 July 2020, UCT has a total of 102 reported COVID-19 cases. The number of infected non-health sciences staff members is 77, of which 57 have recovered. The reported number of student cases is 25, which includes eight Faculty of Health Sciences students on clinical platforms. There have sadly been 10 deaths in the UCT community – nine staff members and one student.


3. Student Wellness hosting compulsory weekly webinars

Student Wellness Service (SWS) is hosting compulsory webinars for the limited number of students invited to return to campus. The next sessions are scheduled for 4, 11, 18 and 25 August from 11:00 to 12:00. These webinars include presentations on how COVID-19 spreads, how to properly wear a mask, basic prevention measures, screening avenues available to students, as well as the link between mental health and COVID-19. A Q&A session in each webinar will provide students with a platform to get any of the issues they may have, addressed by panellists. Pre-registration is not required.


4. Support for students

The university is aware that some students may be having challenges coping during this period of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For students who require support, the UCT Student Care Line provides 24-hour telephonic counselling and can be accessed by calling 0800 242 526 (free from a Telkom line) or sending an SMS to 31393 for a call back.

SWS also offers a range of counselling services to students (read the SWS flyer on services that are available to students away from campus) and bookings can be made online, via email or on the UCT mobile app.

Students can:

For other student health queries, students can book a medical advisory telephonic consultation online for medical advice or phone 021 650 5620. Please note that these calls are not consultations. Students can also book online for a consultation with a clinical nurse practitioner, who will call back at the appointed time.

To find out more about UCT support during COVID-19, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.


5. Appointment of executive director: research

Dr Linda Mtwisha has been appointed as the new executive director of research at UCT with effect from 1 October 2020. She joins UCT from the University of Johannesburg, where she is the senior director of strategic initiatives and administration.

 

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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.

 

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