Returning to Campus


The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority

Nelson Mandela University COVID-19 Hotline:
0800 504 911

The general public can use this self-assessment tool (or the isiXhosa version) developed by our Centre for Community Technologies to help determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19.


Check out the new-look Nelson Mandela University in this three-minute clip showcasing the many COVID-19 compliance measures




Returning to Nelson Mandela University Campuses

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, and our University campuses, as we know it. This site is aimed at helping you navigate all the new ways of working, learning, teaching and living at Nelson Mandela University.

What worked in the past, may not be applicable any more as we seek to do all that we can to ensure the safety of our staff, students, contractors, suppliers and visitors.

New guidelines, standard operating procedures, contact details and compulsory safety measures are among the items included to support you as we gradually return to campus.  

Before returning

You must have been identified as a student or requested as an essential, critical or key staff member to return to campus.

As a university we need to:



Persons above the age of 60 and those with pre-existing health conditions are to check the comorbidity guidelines further down.

Those with flu-like symptoms or sick individuals are to stay at home and not come to campus.

The management of vulnerable employees based on their risk assessment will be implemented by line managers, heads of departments, and divisions throughout all levels of the University. This requires that managers must be fully conversant with these guidelines and how they will apply to employees through an individual risk-adjusted approach to manage vulnerable employees and workplace accommodation in relation to COVID-19.


To protect ourselves and others at this time of COVlD-19, it is important that we understand and practice preventative measures. These short information videos show what each of us need to do to keep us as safe as possible within and outside of the workplace. Once you have viewed each video please indicate whether you have understood the content. This will provide us with feedback on whether more interventions are required.

Please note that it is mandatory for all staff returning to campus to watch the preventative video series below via Moodle and complete a terms and conditions form in line with safety compliance measures.


Processes     |     Steps to follow

Office contacts     |     Working from home during COVID-19

Guides     |     Information on the return to campus

Screening venues     |     Where to find the screening centres