Monday, 16 March 2020 19:39


UJ Arts & Culture postpones upcoming events:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg has announced the postponement of all events scheduled to take place at its venues from 16 March until further notice.   

Precautionary measures are being implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 in line with communication from the South African Government. 

“The health and wellbeing of our students, patrons and clients are of the utmost importance. During this time of uncertainty, we at UJ Arts & Culture encourage our stakeholders and all South Africans to stay positive. Let's collaborate to keep ourselves healthy and, should we have any exposure to the COVID-19 virus to avoid transmitting it to others,” says Pieter Jacobs, Head of Department at UJ Arts & Culture.

While UJ Arts & Culture will monitor the situation and take a decision regarding events scheduled to take place after April 2020, the following events scheduled for the upcoming month will be deferred:

Hannah Ma International Dance Residency, the ONDA/Wave performance, UJ Weekend of Stand-up, Comedy Con 2020, Diane Victor solo exhibition Folly, Frailty and Fear and A Grand Night for Singing. 

Patrons who have booked and paid for any upcoming events will receive a full refund should they wish to not transfer their tickets to the new event date. All students, patrons and venue hire clients will be contacted within the next 72 hours by the UJ Arts & Culture team to make alternative arrangements. 

Revised dates for our events and exhibitions will be communicated on our website and social media in due course. 

For more information visit UJ Arts & Culture website


COVID-19 update: UCT commences Term 1 vacation immediately:

The University of Cape Town (UCT) executive and the Leadership Lekgotla, following the recent address by State President Cyril Ramaphosa and on the advice of a range of agencies and health specialists, took a decision this afternoon to break immediately for the Term 1 vacation and to suspend classes as from and including Monday, 16 March 2020.

We were persuaded of the importance of this step as a precautionary, proactive measure to minimise the risk of spreading Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The most important public health principle is containment of the disease as far as possible, including avoiding social gatherings and minimising groups of people gathering in one space.

We will therefore, in the context of the declaration of a national disaster, close the residences. Students must therefore vacate the residences within 72 hours from 16 March 2020.

The Term 1 vacation would have started on Saturday, 21 March 2020. It will now commence immediately.

Term 2 was set to commence on Monday, 30 March 2020, but we will confirm the beginning of Term 2 once we have had an opportunity to assess the prevailing and quickly changing circumstances.

We have agreed to cancel or postpone any UCT-related conferences and events until the end of June 2020. We will review this decision if necessary. In line with a number of other organisations, we have made the decision to suspend the approval of any university-related international travel until the end of June 2020. Consistent with these decisions, please note that the 2020 Two Oceans Marathon and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2020 have been postponed.

Please regularly check the UCT Coronavirus Disease 2019 web page, which is being updated on a daily basis. Please also note these important telephone numbers:

  • NICD hotline 0800 029 999
  • Independent Counselling and Advisory Services (ICAS0800 111 3945 (a toll-free line available to UCT staff and their family members 24 hours a day)
  • UCT Student Wellness Service ;021 650 5620 or 021 650 1271 (after hours)
  • UCT staff help line 021 650 5685.

Big universities have suspended classes:

Most major universities across the country have suspended classes with immediate effect, including:

  • the University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • the University of Johannesburg
  • the University of the Witwatersrand.
  • the University of Stellenbosch.
  • the University of Cape Town.