Perseverance pays off in preventing spread of COVID-19 at Mandela Uni


Nelson Mandela University has only recorded one positive COVID-19 case among its staff and students, in the past 12 weeks, and that individual has since been cleared, giving us a present clean bill of health.

The COVID-19 health status of staff and students since mid-February is largely due the ongoing vigilance of the Mandela University community to practice all preventative measures and adhere to many safety regulations implemented across all our campuses in Gqeberha and George.

As a result, thanks to everyone’s perseverance, the University has managed to avoid the recent cluster outbreaks experienced by so many other institutions of higher learning this year.

Thank you
The University wishes to thank those who have changed their behaviour to protect themselves and others by masking up, sanitising your hands, practicing social distancing and avoiding large crowds. It urges you to continue to lead by example to this end both on and off campus.

Ongoing vigilance
As we look forward to opportunity to further protect ourselves through vaccination, it will only be through our collective ongoing vigilance that we will be able stave off a third wave of infections as is happening in so many parts of the world.

To this end, you are reminded of the various interventions:

  • Practising all prevention measures
  • Avoiding large crowds
  • Regularly using the University’s self-screening tool:
  • Following all on-campus protocols, such as the screening processes on entering campus, lecture halls, residences and other buildings

Going forward, plans are in place to also allow for easy reporting of non-compliance of COVID-19 regulations as we continuously seek to improve our interventions in keeping all staff and students safe on our campuses and within accredited off-campus residences.

As ever, “it is in your hands”, to protect yourself and protect others.

Thank you for playing your part.

Coronavirus Task Team

Health and SHE Workstreams