Acknowledging our Frontline Staff


We have learnt much from the COVID-19 pandemic, not least the critical role of those staff members who have kept Nelson Mandela University functioning and safe – our frontline workers.


These are the men and women who prepared our campuses for the return of up to 33% of staff and students under Lockdown Level 3, and who are still on the ground ensuring the University is ready and safe to support increasing numbers of students and staff under Level 2.

Over the past three weeks, we have introduced you to some individuals and teams, including healthcare professionals, caterers, cleaners, lab technicians and counsellors, as a means of acknowledging and appreciating their role in securing everyone’s health and safety on our seven campuses in the midst of the pandemic.

Or to quote the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, in expressing his appreciation: “These workers have, and continue to play a very important role in ensuring that as people move about and enter different work and other spaces, they do not spread the virus, or expose themselves and others.”

We wish to acknowledge each one of these staff members who have gone above and beyond working on the ground during the early lockdown period.

Thank you, dankie, enkosi! 

Read about the frontline workers on our Together We Can or Staff Bulletin platforms or watch the fun had by the catering team performing the #JerusalemaChallenge.

If you wish to nominate frontline workers not yet featured, please forward their details to

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