Coronavirus Information


What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19 (World Health Organization).

Since the announcement of the outbreak in January 2020, Nelson Mandela University has been exploring ways in which it can help fight the spread of the virus. Everyone is encouraged to take responsibility by educating yourself about the virus, and to heed all precautionary measures.

In a symbolic gesture of peace and victory, every Nelson Mandela University staff member who overcomes COVID-19 will receive an olive tree sapling from the institution.

Additionally, the University will also recognise the recovery of these staff members through the online sharing of a virtual olive tree on its website. For every “cleared case” a leaf is added to the virtual tree to visually showcase the recoveries:

COVID-19     |     What is our university doing?

LATEST ALERT LEVEL POSTERS     |     Posters regarding the latest alert level and the relevant rules

Non-Compliance Posters     |     Posters on how to report non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols

Definitions     |     What do the different terms actually mean?



Coronavirus Emergency Hotlines

24-hour public toll-free numbers
0800 029 999
0800 111 132
Wellness@Work Care Centre
for emotional support and advice
0800 205 333
for mental health and psycho-social support
0800 36 36 36
SMS 43336


Testing facilities in Port Elizabeth

Covid-19 testing is handled by public hospitals.
Phone the hotline 0800 029 999 to find out which one closest to you conducts testing.

Nelson Mandela Bay
Mobile Testing Clinic Stops
You will have to be referred by your GP
Ampath drive through collection site
13 Pickering Street, Newton Park
Port Elizabeth
041 396 9513
Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00
You will have to be referred by your GP
PathCare drive through collection site
3 How Avenue, St George's Park
Port Elizabeth
041 393 7904
Mon-Fri 08:00-16:30






How mRNA Vaccines Work - Simply Explained.

Mental well-being during the COVID19 lockdown.

Understand how the virus operates and affects your body
Our World in Data

How to monitor yourself for symptoms