Zero tolerance for xenophobia

Dear colleagues and students,

The UCT Graduate School of Business is deeply concerned about the current wave of xenophobic violence in parts of South Africa, and remains committed to making our international colleagues, students and visitors feel safe, appreciated and supported.  

I wish to reiterate how much we value and respect the contributions of our international colleagues and students to the UCT GSB and wider community. Our success as an institution is made easier through these partnerships, which further our development and prosperity. There is no place for xenophobia on our campus and it will not be tolerated. We stand in solidarity as one community.

As UCT VC Mamokgethi Phakeng said in her recent statement on xenophobia, “We must advocate, demand and defend an environment of respect for others irrespective of their culture, race, religion or nationality. The dignity and human rights of all people is non-negotiable and must be a value we all hold dear and live by.”

Please be reassured that security services are on alert at all times and will continue to monitor the situation on campus. The GSB is working closely with UCT main campus and the V&A Waterfront on managing the situation. 

The following numbers should be used to report any incidents of xenophobia on campus: 

GSB Breakwater campus emergency number: 021 406 6000 (for 24/7 assistance on campus)

UCT emergency number: 021 650 2222 / 0860 650 2222 (24/7 assistance for campus protection services)

Additionally, students are encouraged to contact UCT Student Wellness, Counselling Services on 021 650 1017 or through the UCT webpage should support be required. UCT counsellor, Naeema Parker, provides counselling services at the Breakwater campus on Wednesdays.


Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran
Interim Director
UCT Graduate School of Business