Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has tested positive for Covid-19, the Presidency said on Sunday.
“The minister tested positive on Saturday, 18 December 2021, after experiencing mild symptoms,” said the Presidency in a terse statement.
“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 and friends.”
Mantashe tested Covid-19 positive a week after fully vaccinated President Cyril Ramaphosa caught the virus.
Earlier this year on 27 May, the 66-year-old minister posted on Facebook, “@GwedeMantashe1. Just got the #Covid19”.
South Africa is in the throes of the fourth wave of Covid-19 driven by the more transmissible new variant – Omicron.