Stellenbosch University rector in isolation after contracting Covid-19

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Prof. Wim de Villiers
Prof. Wim de Villiers
  • The rector and vice chancellor of Stellenbosch University has urged people to be cautious about Covid-19 after he contracted the virus.  
  • Professor Wim de Villiers said he did not know where he contracted the virus, but it reminded him how serious a matter it is. 
  • He asked that his diary be cleared for self-isolation and rest.  


The rector and vice chancellor of Stellenbosch University has urged people to be cautious about Covid-19 after contracting the virus.  

Professor Wim de Villiers said he did not know where he contracted it, but it reminded him how serious a matter Covid-19 was. 

He asked that his diary be cleared for self-isolation and rest.  

"I am experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, but I don't want to take any chances and will monitor my health closely," said De Villiers in a statement. 

He will work online where possible.  

"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." 

Last week, the Western Cape Department of Health flagged three cases of Covid-19 associated with the university in its "hotspot monitoring".  

Dr Keith Cloete, the head of the department, said there was a problem with adhering to mask wearing in that region.  

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