Contact information
Mrs Debbie Derry
Deputy Director: Communication
Tel: 041 504 3057

Sanitisation plans across our campuses


In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the University is implementing a range of additional sanitary and hygiene measures to help prevent the spread of the disease across all its campuses in Port Elizabeth and George.

Good health hygiene is recognised as the most effective way to prevent the spread of the virus.

These measures, in tandem with the practice of personal health and hygiene etiquette, form part of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) being implemented as part of the University’s plan of action. This plan will be adjusted as and when necessary. Go to website for additional information.

On campus


Cleaning across all campuses is being increased and monitored, and the University’s cleaning team will be supplemented by additional temporary staff where and when necessary. As such, the following is to be undertaken:

  • Deep cleaning of students’ on-campus residences and now-vacant lecture facilities.
  • Ablution facilities will be cleaned five times daily.
  • Kitchens will be cleaned three times a day.
  • Libraries will be cleaned more regularly, particularly the common areas, desks and counter tops.
  • Offices will be cleaned daily, with particular focus on keyboards.
  • Lift buttons will also receive ongoing additional attention.   
  • Staff will be encouraged to take responsibility for keeping their own workspaces clean.


  • All soap dispensers will be stocked with anti-bacterial soap and will be checked regularly.
  • Hand sanitisers will be made available in identified areas – such as busy entrances, bathrooms, residences and areas with high foot traffic as soon as stock arrives.
  • Protection Services staff will spray all staff, students and visitors with hand sanitiser at key entrances, including the booms.

Again, the plan around the distribution of hand sanitiser will be adjusted according to staff, student and visitor volumes, access and venue/office usage. 

Additional support

Should you require additional cleaning or have related concerns, please contact

Off campus


  • The University is engaging with off-campus landlords in private residences around awareness and prevention efforts. Coronavirus (COVID-19) posters were distributed last week.


  •  As many of our staff and students are reliant on external transport to travel to and from the University and their homes and off-campus accommodation, engagement is underway with the shuttle service providers. In addition, health hygiene posters have been shared for use in the taxis.

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