Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs join fight against Covid-19

By Michael Jansen Time of article published Apr 15, 2020

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CAPE TOWN – MultiChoice has joined forces with glamour clubs Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs to assist in the national fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

To date, the pandemic has claimed 34 lives and infected 2 506 people in South Africa.

At a live press conference on Wednesday afternoon, the partners in this venture announced their plans to assist government and South Africans in the campaign against the spread of the coronavirus.

MultiChoice group chairman Imtiaz Patel, speaking via video-link, was joined by Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nocawe Mafu, Orlando Pirates chairperson Dr Irvin Khoza as well as his Kaizer Chiefs counterpart Kaizer Motaung.

We would do all in our power to protect our front - liners so that they don't get infected, thanks for protective gear - Min Zweli Mkhize pic.twitter.com/5Wa4svefAf

— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) April 15, 2020

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs announced that they will donate N95 masks, surgical masks, disinfectant wipes and shoe covers to frontline staff. Photo: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS

The parties announced that they will donate N95 masks, surgical masks, disinfectant wipes and shoe covers to frontline staff. Players from both teams will also take to social-media in a concerted effort to encourage South Africans to stay the course in the fight against the coronavirus.

In his address, Khoza said: “Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs salute frontline staff. They need our support and protection.”

“Screening and testing must go ahead. Please observe social distance. Prevention is better than cure,” he added. “We must

make use of branches of the soccer clubs to spread the word for people to stay

at home and flatten the curve.”

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— Orlando Pirates FC (@orlandopirates) April 15, 2020

We would do all in our power to protect our front - liners so that they don't get infected, thanks for protective gear - Min Zweli Mkhize. Photo: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS

Chiefs’ Kaizer Motaung concurred, saying: “Today is not about the size of the contribution, it’s about solidarity and sacrifice. Our players on the side of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will help with creating awareness around the coronavirus.”

“I urge you to join ‘Team Stay at Home’ to help our frontline workers.”

Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung speaking during a press conference. Photo: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize gave 

an update on the state of the fight against the virus, saying: “On behalf

of government, we would like to express our appreciation for the donation by

Multichoice, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs for donation. It’s a huge

gesture of support and solidarity.”

“It’s an

important gesture from the chairpersons of these big and well-support clubs to

help spread the message to help our frontline workers." 

“It would be

very difficult to stop the spread of the virus if sport was still on. We all

know people like to support their teams and our people are making a huge

sacrifice. We want to thank the football leaders for working with us.”

“The

protective gear will be shared amongst all the hospitals and health centres

around the country. Private practitioners will also benefit, as many new

infections have come from the primeval healthcare facilities.”

Michael Jansen

IOL Sport

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