UCT preparedness for the new Level Three Lockdown regulations and other updates

14 January 2021 | Campus Announcement

Dear colleagues

This campus announcement aims to inform the University of Cape Town community about recent developments on campus.

1. UCT preparedness for the new Level Three Lockdown regulation

There has been a marked increase in COVID-19 infections, hospital admissions and deaths across the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa this week announced adjusted Lockdown Level Three regulations. The adjusted regulations, published on 11 January, include new curfew hours from 21:00 to 05:00 and closure of all land ports of entry until 15 February 2021.

To comply with the adjusted Lockdown Level Three, the university has in place all the necessary procedures and protocols. Under Lockdown Level Three, UCT will continue to operate as a low-density campus that relies on physically distanced learning (PDL) in the first semester of 2021, which will start on 15 March 2021.

The university’s preparations for Lockdown Level Three and for the first semester of 2021 are in line with international guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. All students and staff members will be required to produce their letters of authority, as well as evidence that they have completed the Higher Health Check app for COVID symptoms, in order to access campuses.


2. The Distinguished Teacher Award 2020 – call for nominations

Students and members of the academic staff are hereby invited to submit nominations for the Distinguished Teacher Award for 2020. The Award is the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff at all levels within UCT. Through the award, the university recognises excellent teaching and acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in the institution’s work.

Each year the Distinguished Teachers Award Committee considers nominations made by students and staff on behalf of a number of excellent teachers. The committee examines each submission in detail in accordance with a carefully devised rubric, terms of reference and set of criteria.

All full-time members of the staff who have taught at UCT for a minimum period of five years are eligible for the award.

Nominations can be submitted to the Committee by 19 February 2021. Nominees are required to submit their portfolio electronically by 16 April 2021. The outcomes of the adjudication process will be announced in the third quarter of 2021. 


3. The Annual Bongani Memorial Lecture

The Faculty of Health Sciences is hosting the second annual Bongani Mayosi Memorial Lecture virtually, to honour the legacy of the late Professor Bongani Mayosi. The event this year has received formal recognition by the UCT Council and will be an inaugural university lecture. The lecture will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform on Thursday, 28 January 2021 from 18:00.

The keynote speaker is Professor George Mensah, the director of the Centre for Translation Research and Implementation Science at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the USA. Professor Mensah is currently a Visiting Professor in Medicine at UCT and will speak on “A celebration of African Scholarship”.


4. COVID-19 updates

As at 12 January 2021, UCT has 265 reported cases of COVID-19 among non-health sciences staff members, with 189 recoveries. The university is deeply saddened to note that we have lost 14 staff members to the virus. With the holiday season coming to an end, UCT will also shortly provide an update on students impacted by the virus.

The university continues to urge members of the UCT community to remain alert to the reality of increasing infections in the country and support each other during this pandemic.


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UCT’s response to COVID-19 in 2021

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.

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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New SRC and other updates 16:44, 4 November 2020
Virtual graduation ceremonies 13:30, 21 October 2020
Online staff assembly and other updates 15:09, 30 September 2020
Fee adjustments and other updates 15:21, 16 September 2020
Call for proposals: TLC2020 10:15, 26 August 2020
SAULM survey and other updates 15:30, 5 August 2020
COVID-19 cases and other updates 15:26, 5 August 2020
New UCT Council and other updates 15:12, 15 July 2020
Upcoming UCT virtual events 09:30, 15 July 2020
Pre-paid data for UCT students 14:25, 22 April 2020
Update for postgraduate students 12:55, 20 April 2020
UCT Human Resources and COVID-19 16:05, 19 March 2020
UCT confirms second COVID-19 case 09:15, 19 March 2020
Update on UCT COVID-19 response 13:50, 11 March 2020
Update on COVID-19 17:37, 6 March 2020

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Getting credible, evidence-based, accessible information and recommendations relating to COVID-19

The Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, are producing educational video material for use on digital platforms and in multiple languages. The information contained in these videos is authenticated and endorsed by the team of experts based in the Department of Medicine. Many of the recommendations are based on current best evidence and are aligned to provincial, national and international guidelines. For more information on UCT’s Department of Medicine, please visit the website.


To watch more videos like these, visit the Department of Medicine’s YouTube channel.

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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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