Coronavirus Information


What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19 (World Health Organization).

Since the announcement of the outbreak in January 2020, Nelson Mandela University has been exploring ways in which it can help fight the spread of the virus. Everyone is encouraged to take responsibility by educating yourself about the virus, and to heed all precautionary measures.


COVID-19     |     What is our university doing?

Non-Compliance Posters     |     Posters on how to report non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols



Coronavirus Emergency Hotlines

24-hour public toll-free numbers
0800 029 999
0800 111 132
Wellness@Work Care Centre
for emotional support and advice
0800 205 333
for mental health and psycho-social support
0800 36 36 36
SMS 43336


Testing facilities in Port Elizabeth

Covid-19 testing is handled by public hospitals.
Phone the hotline 0800 029 999 to find out which one closest to you conducts testing.

Nelson Mandela Bay
Mobile Testing Clinic Stops
You will have to be referred by your GP
Ampath drive through collection site
13 Pickering Street, Newton Park
Port Elizabeth
041 396 9513
Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00
You will have to be referred by your GP
PathCare drive through collection site
3 How Avenue, St George's Park
Port Elizabeth
041 393 7904
Mon-Fri 08:00-16:30