University staff mask up to fight the pandemic


The creation and production of various types of personal protective gear (PPE) is underway at Nelson Mandela University, thanks to staff from the Department of Fashion and Textile Design.


Staff from the Faculty of Humanities were among those to first respond to a call by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa, to offer their expertise in supporting the collective fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In this instance, colleagues are designing and producing patterns of non-surgical protective gear, starting with masks, and they are urging others to get sewing too.

See the full story and watch Fashion and Textile Design lecturer Raquel Adriaan explain what they are doing.

Each of us is encouraged to be part of the solution in “flattening the curve” and lowering the death rate, even if that is just staying at home, practicing social distancing and good hygiene practices.

Over the next few weeks we will share what other University staff and students are doing in service of society in fighting the pandemic.

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