The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has impacted every economic and social sector1 across the globe, including
higher education in South Africa. Every student and staff member at a higher education institution will have been
affected in some way and to varying degrees; not one person will emerge from this unscathed. It is impossible to
predict every short- and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we will experience the aftershocks for
a long time to come. Here we discuss some of these impacts, ranging from undergraduate level to large research
projects, and we offer suggestions on how to mitigate some of the damage.