Service Announcements

Friday, 14 August 2020
Hoax: UCT system hacked

There is currently fake news doing the rounds on social media that a UCT system has allegedly been hacked. The fake image shows an article on the UCT News website.

The original news article   Fabricated news article

Investigations conducted

The UCT Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) together with UCT'S Communications and Marketing Department (CMD) conducted the necessary investigations and determined that the shared image was an edited version of an article originally posted on UCT News, 15 June 2020. The original article covered the phased return to campus and the progress thereof.

Avoid the spread of fake news      

There has been an increase in false information being shared on the internet and social media, posing as real news, but in fact it is fake.

Use these recommended tips for determining whether news is factual or fake:

  • Verify the source and determine whether it is being shared from a reputable website.
  • Conduct an online search to determine if the article can be found on the listed website as well as other reputable news websites.
  • Check if reliable sources are quoted in the article.
  • Ensure there are reliable contact details, which you can use to enquire if the information is fake or real.
  • Review the content and look for any inaccuracies such as
    • Grammatical and spelling errors
    • Grainy images being used instead of clear ones
    • Discrepancies in fonts, spacing, colour palettes, headings and content
    • Correct URL
    • Published date
    • Name of the author  

If you’re unsure whether news you receive from UCT is real or not, log a call with the IT Helpdesk or send them an email

Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Adobe Acrobat webinar series

With many of you still working remotely, there is a key need for documentation to remain secure and be digitally signed.

Learning Curve is aware of this need and have put together courses to help you become familiar with the range of features available in Adobe Acrobat as well as its digital signature functionality that enables you to securely sign documentation while working remotely.

Upcoming Adobe Acrobat courses

18 August 2020


Send, track and report on documentation for approval.



24 August 2020



Manage interactive PDF forms and responses.



Additional resources and training opportunities

Please view our digital signature web article, which outlines how you can use this feature at UCT as well as safety tips to consider.

You can also contact the ICTS Training team at to arrange an Adobe training session for your team. Alternatively, sign up for one of our Adobe courses listed on the staff course booking system, SuccessFactors (

Monday, 3 August 2020
Access to Vula

We are aware that there was a problem earlier affecting access to Vula.

The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), who owns this service, have identified the cause of the problem and have put a resolution in place.

They are continuing to monitor the situation, but you can once again access Vula.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Preparation for next data bundle allocation

You will start receiving your next data top up from 22 July 2020. If you have changed your South African mobile number since the last data allocation, please make sure that you update the SA Cellular field in PeopleSoft by Sunday, 19 July 2020 at 16:00.

  1. Log on to PeopleSoft with your student number and password.
  2. Click Profile > Contact Details.
  3. Under the Phone section, ensure that SA Cellular is listed as the type next to your updated mobile number.

If your correct mobile number is saved in any other field, you will not receive a data bundle.

Additionally, only UCT students who are registered for courses this year are eligible to receive a data bundle, even if your PeopleSoft status is active.

Opt out if you no longer require data

UCT has been able to continue assisting students who don’t have access to online resources, despite it being quite costly. We therefore ask that if you have WiFi access at home, please consider opting out of receiving future data bundles from the university. The more we can help UCT save money the more students we can assist.

  1. Log on to PeopleSoft with your student number and password.
  2. Click the Biographic tab and in the Mobile Data Bundles section, select No.

Thank you to everyone who has already opted out.

Thursday, 25 June 2020
SAP unavailable this weekend

SAP will be unavailable from Friday, 26 June (16:00) to Monday, 29 June (08:00) in order for the system to process the second year-end adjustments, following the finalisation of the annual financial statements.

You will not be able to access any SAP services during this time.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Problem affecting the provisioning of Telkom data bundles

ICTS is aware that Telkom has not yet provisioned data bundles to students who subscribe to their network.

UCT along with other South African universities are working with this mobile network provider to ensure that data bundles are provisioned as soon as possible.

Cell C, MTN, and Vodacom data bundles have been successfully provisioned since Monday.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Is your correct mobile number saved in PeopleSoft

In preparation for the next data top up, we would like to remind you to please make sure that your correct South African mobile number is saved in the SA Cellular field in PeopleSoft.

ICTS will download the latest list of mobile numbers from PeopleSoft on Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 16:00. Please ensure that your details are updated by then following these instructions:

  1. Log on to PeopleSoft with your student number and password.
  2. Click Profile > Contact Details.
  3. Under the Phone section, ensure that SA Cellular is listed as the type next to your updated mobile number.

You will start receiving your data top up from Monday, 22 June 2020. The data transfers take a few days. If you don’t receive your data bundle by the end of that week, please log an online call with the IT Helpdesk.

Opt out of future data top ups

If you no longer need the data bundle, due to you having WiFi access at home, please consider opting out:

  1. Log on to PeopleSoft with your student number and password.
  2. Click the Biographic tab and in the Mobile Data Bundles section, select No.

Thank you to everyone who has already opted out. You are continuing to help UCT assist more students with having the necessary resources for online learning.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Save on data costs: download software via Vula

In the past, you would download software packages via the ICTS downloads page. We’re pleased to announce that you can now also download the same software from Vula. This option ensures that you don’t incur any data costs – because Vula is zero-rated by Cell C, MTN, Telkom mobile, and Vodacom.

How to download software via Vula

  1. Go to and log on with your UCT student number and password.
  2. ICTS Downloads will either appear as a tab on the homepage or under the list of project sites.
  3. Go to your specific operating system and download the required software.

If you experience any download issues, please log a call with the IT Helpdesk for assistance.

All the best.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020
iPrint server updates: 27 May 2020

ICTS will update the iPrint network printing servers on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 from 09:00. This service will be partially impacted as some iPrint printers may not be available while the updates are underway.

If you’re on campus during this time and use iPrint to print, we recommend that you use an alternative printer.

We thank you for your patience while we conduct these important updates.

Monday, 25 May 2020
Important ICTS maintenance this Sunday

On Sunday 31st May 2020, ICTS will conduct important maintenance work in the Upper Campus and Bremner Data Centres. The work, which will help to boost UCT’s network security, will proceed from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

How does it affect me?

Unless advised to the contrary, do not expect any ICT services to be available for the duration of the maintenance.

If you need to do any weekend work using ICT systems – including Vula, SAP, PeopleSoft, etc – please schedule these around the maintenance period.

We thank you for your patience while we conduct this important maintenance.