Examination period planning and logistics

25 October 2022

Dear students

The Student Affairs and Properties and Services departments have collaborated in planning the logistical arrangements for the upcoming examination period.

Logistical arrangements have been made in respect of study spaces, security services, UCT Shuttle services, parking, loadshedding, COVID-19 health and safety protocol, and medical assistance.

Study spaces during the examination period

The following study spaces have been made available. Please note the various times of availability at each of these spaces.

Please note that examination venues may not be used as study spaces, as these venues need to be prepared for the sessions. These venues will be clearly marked as such.

Security services

Campus Protection Services (CPS) officers will be onsite at each venue for the duration of the examination period.

For the evening sessions, additional CPS officers will be deployed along the routes from the examination venues to the shuttle stops and parking areas.

Students who will be using the 24-hour study spaces at night and requiring a CPS officer to escort them to the shuttle stops or parking areas are advised to contact CPS on the applicable contact numbers.

  • CPS Operations Centre: 080 650 2222
  • Upper Campus, Robert Leslie Social Science, Basement: 021 650 2121 / 4080
  • Middle Campus, Kramer Building, Level 4: 021 650 5759
  • Lower Campus, Burnage: 021 650 4788
  • Faculty of Health Sciences, Barnard Fuller Building: 021 406 6100

Please note the following safety tips:

  • Please save the CPS control room number, 080 650 2222, on your phone.
  • Wherever possible, do not walk alone.
  • Be in possession of your student card to assist CPS officers in identifying non-UCT staff and students.
  • When walking at night, do not use headphones or be on your phone. Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Follow the “blue route” when walking between upper and lower campus. The blue route consists of nine emergency bollards with flashing blue lights. The bollards are evenly spaced along the routes and have an intercom linked directly to CPS. See the blue route on the campus maps for upper and middle campus.

UCT Shuttle services

The current UCT Shuttle services schedule will be amended during the examination period.

  • Access the latest shuttle schedules.
  • Download the GoMetro Move App on Google Play or App store; search for the “GoMetro Move” App and select “UCT Shuttle” under Transport.

The UCT Shuttle office can be contacted on 021 650 5289 (between 06:00 and 01:00). For after-hours queries, please contact the CPS control room on 080 650 2222 (toll free).


Students are encouraged to make use of the UCT Shuttle service as the availability of parking spaces can be limited during the examination period.

If you make use of your own vehicle, please ensure that you have the required parking permit.

Temporary parking discs are available for first-year students during examination times only. These can be purchased at the Visitors’ Reception and Information Centre (opposite the Sports Centre) at the entrance to upper campus, as well as at the Traffic Administration Office on upper campus. Temporary discs cost R30 per day, R80 per week or R210 per month.

Please note the following parking tips:

  • Arrive early and allow enough time to find parking.
  • Never leave valuables in plain sight. Items like backpacks, laptop cases or any packages should be put in your boot.


In the event of a power outage, please follow the FAQ when moving about campus or using lifts.

Please note the following tips to minimise the impact of loadshedding:

  • Plan your study activities around the loadshedding schedule.
  • Download the City of Cape Town loadshedding App.
  • Please note that the upper, middle, lower and Faculty of Health Sciences campuses are in Zone 15. The Hiddingh Campus is in Zone 7.

COVID-19 health and safety approach

UCT has adopted the following approach for the examination period:

  • Health screening will not take place at the examination venue entrances.
  • Hand sanitisers will be placed at entrances to exam venues. Students are encouraged to sanitise their hands before entering the venues.
  • Wearing of masks is not mandatory and therefore a personal choice.
  • Should a student test positive for COVID-19 within seven days of the examination but not present with any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they may still write the examination.
  • If a student presents with COVID-19 symptoms and has a positive test, they must isolate for five days. In this instance, they should contact Student Wellness Services for advice and email the Registrar’s Office to request an examination deferment.
  • Properties and Services’ cleaning department will ensure that all venues are cleaned before each examination.

Medical assistance

Paramedics will be on standby on campus. Should you require medical attention during an examination, an invigilator will summon the paramedics.

General emergency and safety measures at exam venues

In the event of a fire or any other emergency, note the following procedure:

  • An invigilator will instruct you to leave the venue and guide you to the nearest safe exit.
  • Leave your belongings and exit the venue in an orderly fashion.
  • Once out of the venue, you will be directed by CPS to a safe emergency assembly point, where you should await further instructions.

Examination support services by SWS

Please refer to the recent campus announcement to find out more about support services offered by Student Wellness Services during exams. These include applying for deferred exams, medical services at upper campus clinic, limited walk-in services at the Sports Centre clinic, counselling services and pharmacy services.

All staff and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the above-mentioned logistical arrangements.

Best wishes to all students during this examination period.

Department of Students Affairs
Properties and Services Department

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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
UCT 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
UCT 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.