I hope you are well and looking forward to the start of the academic year.
I am writing to urge you to register now for the continuation of your studies in your respective faculties, if you have not already done so.
As you know, registration for returning students (those in their second year of study and further) takes place online and runs until the end of February. Please help us to run this registration as efficiently as possible so we can all focus on getting the academic programme started. For more information on registrations, visit your faculty websites and PeopleSoft self-service. Please make every effort to familiarise yourself with the latest academic calendar as well so you are up to speed with details of how the university will run this year.
As previously communicated, the University of Cape Town (UCT) has elected to pursue teaching and learning in 2021 in terms of a “physically distanced, low-density campus” approach. This is to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 during this second wave, and in preparation for a possible third wave.
We look forward to a productive year ahead, during which we are committed to continue delivering world-class learning experiences, wherever you are in your journey to graduation.
Associate Professor Lis Lange
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
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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.