The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) chancellor, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, has announced a R5 million donation by the Motsepe Foundation to help the university manage its multi-faceted response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared it a national disaster in South Africa on Sunday, 15 March, and the country is in lockdown as of midnight on Thursday, 26 March.
The health division of the Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) was hard at work disseminating COVID-19 information pamphlets and soap in local townships before the 21-day lockdown – with an aim to curb the rise of coronavirus infections – began at midnight on 26 March.
In an effort to quell panic and provide South Africans with reliable and accurate information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), two University of Cape Town (UCT) alumni have built Coronapp, a centralised online platform for information about the disease.
Over 100 student members of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences student societies have volunteered to man the COVID-19 hotline at the Tygerberg Hospital Disaster Management Centre.
Through a deep commitment to African knowledge production and the development of African solutions to global challenges, researchers at the University of Cape Town are making critical advances in everything from the fight against infectious diseases to advancing democracy in Africa.
Investing in talent
The skills gap remains a critical obstacle to South Africa’s advancement. UCT wants to graduate more spirited and educated citizens who can think critically and innovatively, and go on to make a vital contribution to the development of a healthy, democratic and equitable society.
UCT is committed to a vision of transformation that advances non-racialism, diversity and inclusiveness. This involves creating an institutional culture that is affirming for all who come to the university, a working environment that respects the dignity of all staff, and a demographic profile that reflects the democratic transition that has taken place in the country.
"I give to Distinguishing UCT to grow the endowment in order to provide bursaries to students in need who will not, normally, be able to afford to attend this institution. The bigger the endowed figure, the more income will be generated for these bursaries." Abieda Abrahams