Stellenbosch University (SU) Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Wim de Villiers confirmed that he has tested positive for Covid-19. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams
Stellenbosch University (SU) Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Wim de Villiers confirmed that he has tested positive for Covid-19. Picture Jeffrey Abrahams

SU rector and vice-chancellor tests positive for Covid-19

By Zodidi Dano Time of article published Apr 8, 2021

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Stellenbosch University (SU) Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Wim de Villiers confirmed that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

On Wednesday night, the university issued a statement confirming that the vice-chancellor tested positive. He is currently in self-isolation for a period of 10 days.

De Villiers said: “I am experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, but I don’t want to take any He said he would continue to work online where possible, but has asked for his diary to be cleared so that he can get enough rest.

“I do not know where I contracted the disease, but I just realised again today that the disease is a serious matter. For this reason, I encourage the public and our campus community to wear a mask wherever possible, to maintain a safe distance from each other and to regularly wash your hands with a hand sanitiser. If a person presents with symptoms, it is important to be tested and to follow the necessary protocols to limit the spread of Covid-19.”

On Wednesday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize reported 756 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday bringing the cumulative number of cases for South Africa to 1 553 609.

Mkhize said: "Today, 79 more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 1, Free State 18, Gauteng 25, Kwa-Zulu Natal 25, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 6, North West 0, Northern Cape 0 and Western Cape 4 which brings the total to 53 111 deaths.

The Western Cape which was seeming to slow down on its vaccination roll-out has picked up again.

The province received another 12 760 vaccines , two weeks ago, as part of its third tranche allocation of 18 080 vaccines. This brings the total number of vaccines received to date in the Sisonke implementation study to 44 040.

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