Key these life-saving numbers into your phone right now.
Call UCT Campus Protection for any emergency – whether you've been the victim of crime, in case of a fire, or if there's a medical emergency.
UCT 24-hour emergency hotline:
UCT's Discrimination and Harassment Office (24/7 standby number):
*You can also text this number for anonymous assistance
Cape Town emergency hotlineFrom a Telkom landline: 107
From a cellphone: 021 480 7700
Aids Helpline: 0800 012 322
Red Cross Hospital: 021 689 5227
Flying Squad: 10111
Crime Stop: 08600 10111
Mountain Rescue: 021 948 9900
Psychiatric crisis and emergency support
Groote Schuur psychiatric emergency unit: 021 404 2175
*For any incident of this nature, please also notify:
Wherever you are – in the city, on campus, or on a hike – be cognisant of where you are and what's around you. The more absorbed you are in something else – like looking at your phone – the less likely you are to notice when conditions change or something suspicious is happening.
Don't flash your swag
Everyone likes to look and feel good, but flashing expensive things when you're out and about makes you a more likely target. Keep valuables in a safe place.
If you're headed out, go with people you trust and know, go with a fully charged cell phone (with airtime in it) and let friends, flatmates or family know where you're going and what time you're planning on being back.
Avoid stranger dangerDon't accept help from strangers at an ATM. Don't take lifts from strangers either (unless they're the cab driver in a registered cab, from a company you recognise and trust).
Open your own drinks
If you didn't see your drink being opened and poured, you don't know what's in it. Don't leave your drink unattended.
If you're going hiking – particularly on Table Mountain – go in a group of four or more, and take sunblock, something warm to wear (the weather changes rapidly on the mountain), comfortable walking shoes, a map, and plenty of water and snacks. Start heading home well before dark and keep to demarcated paths. Again, having a charged cell phone with airtime could help in a sticky situation.
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