Mandela University Adapts to National COVID-19 Changes

Nelson Mandela University will be aligning its COVID-19 standard operating procedures on its seven campuses in Gqeberha and George in line with the new national directives.

Two changes that impact directly on those working, studying and/or living at the institution are as follows:

Mask wearing

As per the repealed health regulations of 22 June 2022, you are no longer required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors.

However, as COVID-19 is still with us, the voluntary wearing of masks is encouraged where and when appropriate. This may be when visiting health facilities, the elderly or those with known underlying conditions, as well as when you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Gatherings

In addition, all restrictions on numbers at gatherings have been repealed.

However, as staff and students will appreciate, the looming water shortage means the hosting of large gatherings on campus, outside of academic-specific lectures, workshops and laboratory sessions, is not permissible as this is irresponsible.

For the full updated SOPs, please go to the University’s COVID-19 webpage.

Screening

No screening will be done upon entry to the University campuses and we will continue to provide for hand sanitisers at all venue entrances to promote hand hygiene. 

Ongoing management of COVID-19

Staff and students are reminded that the following support and guidelines remain in place for your ongoing wellbeing and safety:

                Vaccination

Vaccination remains our greatest defence against the virus. The University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Centre is still offering this to staff, while all Student Health clinics have the J&J jab available for students.

                Testing

If you feel unwell and are displaying flu-like symptoms, please contact Occupational Health (occupationalhealth@mandela.ac.za) or Student Health Services to take a rapid antigen test.

                Guidelines

Please also note:

  • Employees and students who test positive with no symptoms do not have to isolate.
  • Employees and students that test positive with symptoms, the isolation period is seven days. 
  • Contacts do not have to isolate unless they develop symptoms.
  • Occupational Health and Wellness will continue to follow up on positive COVID-19 cases.
  • Should employees require emotional support, a referral to Wellness @Work can be arranged.

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