The University of Cape Town has made an announcement relating to the facilities that are available to students and staff who are returning to campus in the phased approach.
UCT Libraries will continue to offer a comprehensive virtual service. In addition, the network of libraries across campuses and faculties have reopened for limited services during restricted hours.
Computer labs will become available as and when decided by the relevant faculties. Because of the health and safety protocols that are in place, access to computer labs may be restricted and many labs remain closed while emergency remote teaching continues, unless these labs can be accessed remotely.
International students who are not currently in South Africa need to confirm the entry criteria. South Africa’s borders were partially reopened from 1 October 2020. The Department of Home Affairs has indicated that if you are a student who travelled home at the start of lockdown, you can approach the South African embassy in your home country to validate your visa.
International students may only return to UCT if they have received a letter of invitation and a letter of authority to do so.
International students who are currently outside South Africa will need to meet the Co-operative Governance Traditional Affairs regulations and produce a document verifying that they had been tested within the previous 72 hours, showing that they are negative for the COVID-19 virus on arrival in South Africa. If not, they will need to go into quarantine at their own expense for at least 10 days before proceeding to their respective institutions.
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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.