Gwede Mantashe

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe.
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Gwede Mantashe tests positive for COVID-19

Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe is now battling COVID-19. Just 38% of South African adults are fully vaccinated.

Gwede Mantashe

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe.
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With over 20 000 new COVID cases being recorded most days in recent weeks, people are all trying to dodge the virus and avoid having to isolate over Christmas. With so many of us getting the virus thanks to the 4th wave and the omicron variant, it was also only a matter of time before we had another senior government official forced into isolation. This time it’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe.

Gwede Mantashe experiencing mild COVID symptoms

The Presidency has revealed that Mantashe has tested positive for COVID and is now isolating at home. The announcement comes just a week after President Cyril Ramaphosa also tested positive for the virus.

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Mantashe is 66 years old, but is said to be doing well.

“The Minister tested positive on Saturday, 18 December 2021, after experiencing mild symptoms. Minister Mantashe is in good spirits and he is currently in self-isolation.

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The Presidency has also provided an update on Ramaphosa’s fight against the virus. Ramaphosa, who is fully vaccinated and also only experienced mild symptoms, is recovering well.

Deputy President David Mabuza has been designated all duties. The president is also being monitored by the South African Military Health Service.

The state of COVID-19 in South Africa

48 people have died COVID related deaths in the last 24 hours. Over 16 000 new cases were recorded over the same period. That’s a test positivity of 28.8%, slightly down from the 31% mark we saw most of this week.

The current COVID-19 recovery rate in the country is 90.9%. This means of the 3.2 million cases of COVID the country has had since the pandemic began, 2.9 million have already recovered