Announcing the UCT vaccination panel

10 November 2021 | VC Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng

Dear colleagues and students

I write to share an update following the communication issued last month on the UCT Council’s in-principle approval of a proposal requiring that all staff (as a condition of being able to perform their duties) and students (as a condition of registration) provide acceptable proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Council resolved at their October meeting that the university executive should proceed to establish an appropriately constituted panel, whose task would be to develop the operational details required to implement the campus access dispensation to take effect as from 1 January 2022.

The panel is also tasked with, among others, working out the principles and guidelines for exemption from a requirement to provide proof of vaccination.

The panel has now been constituted as follows:

  • Dr Tracey Naledi (Chair)
  • Professor Pierre de Vos (Deputy Chair)
  • Advocate Barbara Mapara
  • Professor Graeme Meintjes
  • Mr Jacques Rousseau
  • Associate Professor Jantina de Vries
  • Ms Kirshni Naidoo
  • Dr Memory Muturiki
  • Professor Mohamed Jeebhay
  • Associate Professor Shose Kessi

The union representatives serving as part of the panel are:

  • Ms Andrea Plos (Employees Union)
  • Mr Athabile Nonxuba (Democratised Transport Logistics and Allied Workers' Union)
  • Mr Bulumko Nkume (South African Liberated Public-Sector Workers Union)
  • Mr Mzomhle Bixa (University and Allied Workers' Union)
  • Associate Professor Nico Fischer (Academics Union)
  • Mr Xolani Poswa (National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union)

The SRC is represented by the following members:

  • Ms Siyabulela Plaatjie
  • Mr Tebogo Mabusela

The panel has already begun its work. As the UCT executive, we will be required to report back to Council at its December 2021 meeting.

As we have always done during this pandemic, we continue to urge those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so, not only protect themselves but to protect those around them. Getting vaccinated is one way to help keep down the rate and the severity of COVID-19 infection.

To make it easier for members of the UCT community to access the vaccine, the UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre at Forest Hill Residence has been in operation for the third month now. The site is open to staff, students and the general public from 09:00 to 15:00 on Monday to Friday, and it is now operational on Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00.


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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UCT’s response to COVID-19

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.

In July 2022, the University of Cape Town (UCT) revised its approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic on UCT campuses in 2022.
Read the latest document available on the UCT policies web page.


Campus communications


Adjusting to our new environment 16:50, 23 June 2022
VC Open Lecture and other updates 17:04, 13 April 2022
Feedback from UCT Council meeting of 12 March 2022 09:45, 18 March 2022
Chair of Council
March 2022 graduation celebration 16:45, 8 March 2022
Report on the meeting of UCT Council of 21 February 2022 19:30, 21 February 2022
Chair of Council
COVID-19 management 2022 11:55, 14 February 2022
Return to campus arrangements 2022 11:15, 4 February 2022

UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre

On Wednesday, 20 July, staff from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences came together with representatives from the Western Cape Government at the UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre at Forest Hill Residence to acknowledge the centre’s significance in the fight against COVID-19 and to thank its staff for their contributions. The centre opened on 1 September 2021 with the aim of providing quality vaccination services to UCT staff, students and the nearby communities, as well as to create an opportunity for medical students from the Faculty of Health Sciences to gain practical public health skills. The vaccination centre ceased operations on Friday, 29 July 2022.

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.


“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.

Thank You UCT Community

Frequently asked questions


Global Citizen Asks: Are COVID-19 Vaccines Safe & Effective?

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.

IDM YouTube channel | IDM 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.