ISA Worldwide Alerts
The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.
September 5th, 2019
Today, Thursday, September 5, the ISA Cape Town resident staff reported calm at both the University of Western Cape (UWC) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) campuses. Classes at the UCT remain canceled for today and Friday, September 6th. The UWC also made the decision, ahead of the academic term break, to cancel classes for today, Thursday, September 5th. Classes at UWC will resume after the week-long break on Monday, September 16th.
The ISA Cape Town resident staff notified ISA students studying at the UWC of the schedule change and reminded all ISA students to avoid any demonstrations. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and will advise students accordingly.
September 4th, 2019
Today, September 4th, demonstrations against gender-based violence took place around Cape Town following two separate incidents in the community, including the death of a local UCT female student. Protests were reported around the University of Cape Town (UCT), the University of Western Cape (UWC), and Cape Town’s central business district. Local news outlets report that some protests resulted in clashes with police.
Classes at the UCT were cancelled today as the university held a pre-planned memorial service to honor the deceased student. Although the situation on campus remained calm, the administration announced that in order to provide the campus community additional time for reflection, courses will be canceled on Thursday, September 5th and Friday, September 6th.
A demonstration held at UWC overnight resulted in clashes between the protesters and police. Classes were not cancelled, however, and the ISA resident staff advised students to remain off campus until the situation was resolved. Classes are expected to resume as normal tomorrow, September 5th and there have been no cancellations announced at this time.
The ISA Cape Town resident staff has been in regular communication with students regarding these events. As the community mourns the passing of a young student, ISA students have been reminded of available counseling services and other resources. There have been no reports of demonstrations near student housing and students have been advised not to participate in protests of any kind. Students also have been advised to communicate directly with their professors regarding assignments. ISA Cape Town resident staff is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to advise students on safe practices as well as any updates from the host institutions.
September 2nd, 2019
On Monday, September 2nd, a second student protest took place at Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and attempted to block the main entrances to campus. . The South Africa Police Service was called to disperse the demonstration and several protestors were reportedly arrested as a result. NMU has suspended all activities on Monday and and Tuesday, September 3rd, while the administration continues to assess the matter.
The ISA Port Elizabeth resident staff notified ISA students of the suspended activities, reminded them to avoid any demonstrations, and asked them to monitor their email for additional updates. Students have been asked by NMU to liaise with their professors regarding any missed coursework. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.
August 26, 2019
On Monday, August 26th, a non-violent student protest took place at Nelson Mandela University (NMU). The protest, which called for greater security measures on campus, resulted in blocked entrances to the university. The NMU suspended all activities on Monday and asked students to remain at home while the administration met with protesters to address their concerns.
The ISA Port Elizabeth resident staff notified ISA students of the suspended activities, reminded them to avoid any demonstrations, and asked them to monitor their email for additional updates. While classes and activities are cancelled for the day, professors are expected to communicate directly with students regarding any missed materials. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.