University of Chester students robbed in South Africa

Knysna The university said the pair will continue their work in Knysna, South Africa

Two north Wales students have been robbed at knifepoint while working as conservation volunteers in South Africa.

The pair from Flintshire and Gwynedd had cash, mobile phones and passports stolen in the incident in Knysna.

They had flown to the region last week to start a six-week placement run through the University of Chester.

The university said the pair do not plan to cut their trip short with its partner organisation, Edge of Africa.

"The girls are shaken up, but have had a fantastic few days prior to the incident in South Africa and want to continue with what they see as an opportunity of a lifetime," said a university spokeswoman.

"The university has been sending students to this area for six years now and there have been no incidents previously.

"The area is visited every year by a member of university staff and the university liaises closely with its partner organisation regarding safety issues."

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