Cape Town has a number of world-class hospitals with their own emergency rooms. The University of Cape Town makes use of private emergency ambulance provider ‘ER24’ (+27 (0)84 124 / www.er24.co.za). Alternatively, there is a second provider called ‘Netcare911’ (+27 (0)82 911 / www.netcare911.co.za). Please note that you will be responsible for the cost of an ambulance should you need one, so participants should ensure that their travel or medical insurance covers this cost.
South African doctor’s prescriptions can be easily filled in one of the nearby pharmacies. We recommend, however, that if at all possible you bring an adequate, labelled supply of any prescription medicines you regularly take as ingredients in medications sometimes vary from one country to another (remember to keep them in their original containers). Also, please note that medication names vary from country to country, so consult a pharmacist if you are unsure. We ask that you declare any known illnesses/allergies, in confidence, to the staff at the LSE-UCT Summer School so that we have access to this information should an emergency arise.
It should also be noted that South Africa has a high incidence of HIV and AIDS (approx. 25% of men and women). The most prevalent means of transmission of the HIV virus is through unprotected sexual intercourse. Please bear in mind that the consumption of alcohol can lead to sexual risk-taking behaviour and may make you vulnerable.
We will provide safety advice during the orientation regarding safety both on- and off-campus.
It is your responsibility to learn which actions and areas are safe and which may put you at risk. If you are unsure about a situation or activity, ask a colleague from UCT and do not walk alone, especially after dark – it is safer to travel in groups of four or more. Additionally, do not display cameras, smartphones or laptops unnecessarily. If you will be hiring a car, ensure that you lock all doors when driving with windows rolled up and always keep valuables and belongings out of sight.
Whilst none of our students have experienced any problems during the Summer School, this warning is provided to ensure that you have the best time possible.