The University of Cape Town (UCT) has developed a framework to identify which students and staff may return to campus on an invitation-only basis in a phased-in approach under lockdown Level 2.
As outlined by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, depending on the size of the institution, no more than 66% of students will be allowed to return to campus and residences.
The new regulations have been instated provided that students and staff can be safely accommodated and supported in line with the health and safety guidelines enforced by the Department of Higher Education and Training.
All students must undergo a 10-day self-quarantine period upon returning to residences. Dining halls will remain closed and the Jammie Shuttle bus service will be limited. All, with the exception of one computer lab, remain closed and UCT Libraries continue to operate virtually.
All departments have identified those staff whose work necessitates that they be on campus. Those staff have been granted access to campus, on condition that they undergo daily health screening and adhere to strict protocols. All other members of staff have been asked to continue working from home.
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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.
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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.