Dear colleagues and students
As a contact university, we look forward to readjusting our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in 2023 as the COVID-19 regulations have been repealed.
The current Teaching and Learning Framework builds on previous versions, which helped us to navigate teaching and learning at the University of Cape Town during the pandemic. It presents guidelines for how we will transition into the second semester in 2022 which commences this week, as well as into the 2023 academic year.
For undergraduate programmes, we are maximising face-to-face teaching to enhance participation by students. While we are obliged by regulations to retain our contact time with students as per our Handbook, we will also incorporate the use of digital resources into aspects of our teaching and learning.
Furthermore, there have been several lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic which we draw on as we transition into the second semester and beyond.
Some of the health and safety measures we have learned during the period of the pandemic are around our teaching venues, which now have adequate ventilation and adhere more to health and safety standards.
We also value the social compact of the university community in taking the necessary health precautions to ensure that we collectively create a healthy environment for teaching and learning.
Postgraduate programmes are varied in nature and are guided by a set of principles in the Teaching and Learning Framework which encourage interaction, flexibility and safety.
As we make this transition, the journey will be different for each of us as we readjust. It is therefore crucial that we continue creating a caring and supportive community in the interests of our collective well-being, teaching and learning.
Professor Harsha Kathard
Acting 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 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Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, has in June 2022 repealed some of South Africa’s remaining COVID-19 regulations: namely, sections 16A, 16B and 16C of the Regulations Relating to the Surveillance and the Control of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.