This communication serves to advise of the COVID-19 data disclosure to the National Department of Health (National Institute for Occupational Health) as required by the relevant legislative framework.
Nursing staff in the Properties and Services Department’s Occupational Health Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) may contact you to confirm relevant personal details. We would appreciate your co-operation in providing this information, which we are required to make available to the National Institute for Occupational Health. I am writing to explain why this information is needed and to assure you that your information will be treated as confidential, by the government as well as UCT.
The Disaster Management Act requires all employers, including UCT and other universities, to comply with legislative requirements under the DoEL and the Department of Health (DoH). The regulatory authorities want to enhance the COVID-19 surveillance programme and improve statistical data accuracy throughout the country. The DoEL has an additional obligatory requirement on all employers who employ more than 50 people to submit five data components to the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH) as per the Guideline. The NIOH will comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act and will treat all information as confidential.
The information UCT needs to provide to the NIOH includes:
Your co-operation in this regard will not only help UCT to comply with government requirements, but will also provide information needed by the DoH and DoEL to help manage work environments during the pandemic and inform vaccination sequencing for working populations
Management is requested to share the information with staff who may not have access to email.
Thanks to all of you for your assistance.
Dr Reno Morar
Chief Operating Officer
Chair of the COVID-19 Co-ordinating Committee
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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.