Vaccinated Gwede Mantashe Tests Positive For Covid-19

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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.