Dear colleagues and students
1. Load-shedding implications for UCT
Power utility Eskom announced that various load-shedding stages will be implemented. The below are implications for the university during Stage 3. We ask staff and students to note the below and please make the necessary arrangements.
2. Jammie Shuttles COVID-19 protocols
Although Jammie Shuttles are legally allowed to run at 100% capacity, UCT has put an additional precaution in place by not allowing standing passengers. This is to prevent the possibility of airborne droplets being exhaled onto a seated passenger by a standing passenger. UCT has given clear directives to the management of the Jammie Shuttle service to ensure that all COVID-19 protocols for the Jammie Shuttles are enforced.
If you feel that these protocols are not being adhered to, please contact the Jammie Shuttle manager or the UCT Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Department to report all the relevant details, so that the university can take immediate action.
The following protocols need to be followed to ensure the health and safety of all passengers and drivers on the Jammie Shuttle:
3. Guidelines for the June examination period
The university, in consultation and co-operation with the national and provincial Departments of Health and the UCT Student Representative Council, has developed guidelines for the June examination period. These were developed in keeping with principles that underpin the institution’s approach to the operational plans for the academic year.
The number of students sitting in invigilated exams is a small percentage of our student body. All health and safety requirements in line with current lockdown protocols will be applied. Ventilation has been assessed at all exam venues and upgraded where required. This may make some venues colder, so students are advised to bring a warm coat with them to exam venues.
Everyone in the exam venue will be required to wear a mask. Sanitisers will be provided at entrances.
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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 with the latest COVID-19 information. Please note that the information on this page is subject to change depending on current lockdown regulations.
Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, has in June 2022 repealed some of South Africa’s remaining COVID-19 regulations: namely, sections 16A, 16B and 16C of the Regulations Relating to the Surveillance and the Control of Notifiable Medical Conditions under the National Health Act. We are now no longer required to wear masks or limit gatherings. Venue restrictions and checks for travellers coming into South Africa have now also been removed.
“After almost a year of operation, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Community of Hope Vaccination Centre, located at the Forest Hill residence complex in Mowbray, will close on Friday, 29 July 2022. I am extremely grateful and proud of all staff, students and everyone involved in this important project.”
– Vice-Chancellor Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng
With the closure of the UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre, if you still require access to a COVID-19 vaccination site please visit the CovidComms SA website to find an alternative.
UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) collaborated with Global Citizen, speaking to trusted experts to dispel vaccine misinformation.
If you have further questions about the COVID-19 vaccine check out the FAQ produced by the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation (DTHF). The DTHF has developed a dedicated chat function where you can ask your vaccine-related questions on the bottom right hand corner of the website.
“As a contact university, we look forward to readjusting our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in 2023 as the COVID-19 regulations have been repealed.”
– Prof Harsha Kathard, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
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.