SA Minister gets COVID-19, President back at work


SOUTH Africa’s Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has become the 2nd fully-vaccinated high profile politician to contract COVID-19. 

Mantashe’s status, disclosed by the SA Presidency, came days after the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa suffered the same fate and went into isolation.

According to the SA government, Mantashe was experiencing mild symptoms. 

“Minister Mantashe is in good spirits and he is currently in self-isolation. Government urges all South Africans to vaccinate and remain disciplined in observing all COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure a safe and joyful festive season with family friends,” the Presidency said in a statement.

The SA Presidency also disclosed that Ramaphosa has ended his isolation and has returned to full duty.

The Presidency said: “A few days ago, the SA Presidency announced that Ramaphosa was making good progress in his recovery from COVID-19 while continuing treatment for mild symptoms. President Cyril Ramaphosa has ended a week of self-isolation which followed his positive test for COVID-19 on 12 December 2021.

“The President thanks all South Africans and leaders and friends internationally who conveyed their good wishes during this period. In turn, the President wishes all persons infected with COVID-19 a safe and speedy recovery. The President has returned to duty and will chair the final Cabinet meeting for 2021 on Wednesday, 22 December 2021.

“President Ramaphosa repeats his call for everyone in the country to stay safe by being vaccinated, wearing face masks, washing or sanitising hands frequently, maintaining a social distance and avoiding gatherings”.

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