UCT Pays NSFAS Allowances To Help Res Students

The University of Cape Town has announced a number of measures to assist residence students who have been told that they must return home at short notice. This includes the payment today, 16th March, of NSFAS travel allowances to those students who qualify, to assist them in paying for the cost of returning to their homes.


The University of Cape Town has committed to assisting students who have been forced to move out of residences at short notice because of the Coronavirus outbreak.  The university brought its vac forward one week and told residence students that they had 72 hours from the 16th of March to return to their homes.

The management defended the decision explaining that they had consulted experts who raised concerns about the large numbers of students living in close proximity to each other, and the increased risk of spreading the infection that this brought on.

"Keep the residences open would not be responsible and would have added significantly to the risk of the virus spreading rapidly. Furthermore, UCT is aligning with the state President's decree restricting public gatherings of more than 100 people", said a statement from UCT management.

They added that all students at undergraduate and postgrad levels who are on financial aid, including NSFAS funded students, would received their allowances on the 16th of March to assist them with the financial challenges of arranging last-minute transport.

"UCT is also working with external agencies on possible travel solutions for students where there is a need. This may entail students being assisted with travel arrangements, or group travel being organised for departure on campus. The university is further working with the government through the Department of Home Affairs to assist international students who have to travel home".

"UCT has at this stage had only one confirmed positive Covid-19 case. The number of people that the staff member had contact with on campus is estimated at 30 or less. The staff member and all the UCT contacts who have been traced will remain in self isolation for 14 days. The process is managed by the Western Cape Department of Health:,

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