Please continue donating to the UCT Fire Emergency Appeal:

UCT is deeply grateful to all the donors and alumni who supplied food and other essential items for our students during the period immediately following the fire. We thank all those who so generously offered other forms of support and assistance. We thank all emergency services support staff who worked with the University, City of Cape Town and SANParks fighting the fire.

UCT alumni and friends of the university can still make a difference in the following ways:

  1. Make a gift or pledge today: there are immense needs arising from this fire, focused primarily on assisting students and the wider UCT community in the immediate aftermath of this disaster. Whether you are an alumnus of UCT, member of the wider Cape Town community, friend of the university or a philanthropic donor, please show your support for UCT and its students affected by this fire by giving or pledging today . 
  2. Share the #UCTFire appeal with other alumni across your network. The University of Cape Town needs the support of its global alumni community. With your help, we can rebuild.
  3. Initiate or join a local alumni chapter or affinity group: as a collective, you will be able to mobilise support in greater numbers for the #UCTFire emergency fund. Contact the alumni relations office for advice on how to establish a chapter and, for contact details for existing alumni groupings in your region. The alumni community is powerful global network. Email us:
  4. Follow us on social media @UCTalumni: get regular updates on the #UCTFire emergency fund needs directly from us, along with information on the impact of donations received. Information on the university’s response to the fire can be found on the UCT website including the latest images taken of UCT campus.
  5. For more information on how you can pledge financial support to UCT, please contact the Development and Alumni Department: OR


UCT thanks volunteers and donors following campus fire:

UCT Vice-Chancellor Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng joined students to express their deepest gratitude to volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors from across South Africa and the international community who supported UCT students affected by the campus fire and extended a helping hand towards efforts to salvage material from the library. Watch the recent video tribute:





Additional resources:

  1. Read:  Vice-Chancellor’s message to the UCT community (18 April 2021)
  2. Read:  Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board's special message (20 April 2021)