UCT’s health and safety protocols for Lockdown Level One

22 September 2020 | Dr Reno Morar, COO

Dear colleagues and students

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, recently wrote to the community about the role that each one of us can play in limiting the spread of COVID-19 as we move to Lockdown Level One. As students and staff members begin to return to campus, there is a natural tendency to assume that life at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has returned to normal. Unfortunately, that is not the case. So it is important that we use every available opportunity to remind people how critical it is to follow the three basic protocols of wearing a face mask, social and physical distancing, and washing/sanitising hands and surfaces.

Please refer to the attached document which provides useful information about returning to campus and contacts, and UCT’s health and safety protocols.

It is our individual and collective community responsibility to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus by being compliant and assisting others to be compliant.


Dr Reno Morar
Chief Operating Officer
Chair of the COVID-19 Co-ordinating Committee

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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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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.