Gail Mabalane, Enhle Mbali and more talk candidly about Covid-19 diagnosis

Gail Mabalane, Kabelo Mabalane
Gail Mabalane, Kabelo Mabalane
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  • Kabelo and Gail Mabalane and Enhle Mbali have said on social media that they have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Enhle Mbali is the second Isibaya actor to test positive, after Abdul Khoza made his diagnosis known on Saturday.
  • Speaking to Channel24 Jacqueline Ramos Pinto said that she has recovered from the virus, saying: "I'm over Covid-19, but Covid-19 isn't over me just yet."
  • Other celebrities who have made their Covid-19 diagnosis public, include AKA, TT Mbha, Brian Temba, and eNCA reporters Shahan Ramkissoon and Heidi Giokos. 


Kabelo and Gail Mabalane and Enhle Mbali are the latest public figures to make known their Covid-19 positive status on social media.

"The reason we are making this video is to lend our voices behind emphasising the realness of this pandemic," Kabelo said in a video shared on both his and Gail's Instagram accounts.

Kabelo explained that he tested positive "over two weeks ago," and admits that although he has continued to wear a mask, as restrictions are lifted he has become less "vigorous" with Covid-19 hygiene practices.

He also elaborated on his symptoms, saying at first he did not take it seriously until he was "cold and shivering." "Everyone in that queue was definitely sick," he says when talking about the testing process, with a worrying expression on his face.

The couple explained that following Kabelo's diagnosis, they explored the possibility of Kabelo self-isolating in a quarantine facility, but decided to stay together as in the days leading up to him receiving his results, he had contact with the family.

Kabelo says that as he has witnessed people bury their loved ones, he counts himself lucky to have recovered. "Surviving is not something that we take lightly," he says,

The couple reveals that a week after Kabelo received his results, Gail also tested positive.

According to Gail, the couple didn't exhibit the same symptoms, and Gail explains that she experienced shortness of breath and headaches, which Kabelo did not have.

She says that she hopes by sharing her experience, she will give people hope that one can recover from Covid-19.

Both urge South Africans to take the necessary precautions when leaving their homes and plead with their followers to continue practicing good hygiene. 

Enhle Mbali, the latest celebrity to reveal her status, also took to social media, where she shared that she tested positive for Covid-19.

"I also tested positive for covid as careful as I am. They even make fun of me on set [sic], she wrote.

About her symptoms, she explained: "Yesterday was the worst days, I was pretty sure my chest would give in, I gave myself permission to heal and also to ask for help."

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The last 3 years have been testing. Emotionally, physically and mentally. I have been through so many life changes and I’m greatfull as the universe continues to show me my greatness , even when it was being viciously striped away from me, and none existent finish lines were being drawn on the ground and removed just before I reach them, the spirit of hopelessness would knock at my door reminding me of my unhappiness. I had to have some real conversations with myself aon how ,why, I was forgetting me. I found the answers and when I did life began, 2020 was that year for me . People will loose it but this is my best year. Was listening to Jader and understood for the first time how we allow people to treat us the way they do, I have always known I am not a victim and don’t act the part,but now more than ever I understand no one else gives permission but yourself. People lie in your names sake. They will cheat, mistreat you , allow others to mistreat you only because you give them permission. I also tested positive for covid as careful as I am . They even make fun of me on set. Yesterday was the worst days, I was pretty sure my chest would give in , I gave myself permission to heal and also to ask for help . In that I got so much revelation to my third and final cleansing in my 30s allow me to introduce you to Enhle Mbali the girl I left and forget in her 20s , boo where have you been. Feels great?? let’s get it. #EMPRESSENHLE??????????????????????????????????. Sincerely yours Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa

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Enhle is the second Isibaya actor to test positive for Covid-19. Abdul Khoza shared his results on social media on Saturday.

Former The Queen actor Mlamli Mangcala, was discharged from hospital on Sunday, after being hospitalised due to Covid-19 complications.

Earlier this month, he shared a video message from his hospital bed, operating a breathing apparatus, pleading with his followers to take the necessary precautions. 

Speaking to Channel24 on Wednesday, former Bachelor SA contestant Jacqueline Ramos Pinto said that she too has recovered from the virus, saying: "I'm over Covid-19, but Covid-19 isn't over me just yet."

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"Some of the symptoms have disappeared completely, only to make a return. Covid-19 relapse has been one of the most challenging aspects. The yo-yo effect of feeling good. The 'I think it's finally over and I can go back to feeling like me again' feeling, feeling excited about feeling good and then waking up feeling bad again. The confusing and contradictory road to recovery," she says. 
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Breathless ?? ? Most of you will know that Iv struggled with my breathing and pain in my chest way past the 14 day mark. Iv put together some tips of what you can try if you or a loved one is struggling ???? please tag and share if you know of anyone that might need to read this. ?? ?? I’ll be doing a live this weekend to show you all some breathing techniques that I’m hoping might help me and others ???? ?? ??What if I’m breathless??? These breathing techniques and positions will also help you as you recover from COVID-19.?? Try using breathing control. This is a way to breathe gently, using least effort. It will help when you’re short of breath or feeling anxious. This type of breathing is commonly used in yoga. Use your main breathing muscle, your diaphragm. (This really helps me)?? ?? Get into a comfortable position, with your arms supported. ?? * Put one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen?? * Close your eyes to help you relax and focus on your breathing?? * Slowly breathe in through your nose, with your mouth closed. If you’re relaxed, the air will reach low in your lungs. Your abdomen will move out against your hand. If your breathing is controlled, the hand on your chest will hardly move?? * Breathe out through your mouth. Your abdomen will fall gently. Imagine all the tension in your body leaving as you let the air out?? * Try to use as little effort as possible and make your breaths slow, relaxed and smooth. With every breath out, try to feel more relaxed and calm.?? ?? ?? Blow-as-you-go?? Blow-as-you-go helps make tasks and activities easier. Use it while you’re doing something that makes you breathless.?? Breathe in before you make the effort. Then breathe out while you’re making the effort.?? ?? ??Pursed-lips breathing?? Pursed-lips breathing can be used at any time to help you control your breathing. This helps to empty all the air out of your lungs ?? lungs.?? Breathe in gently through your nose, then purse your lips as though you’re going to blow out a candle. Blow out with your lips in this pursed position. Blow out only for as long as is comfortable – don’t force your lungs to empty.?? ?? ?? These these really help me ??

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She explains further: "While some symptoms from Covid-19 disappear over time, others can linger and cause lasting damage, such as permanently decreased lung function. This, I must admit, has been one of my biggest fears."

"Maybe my road to recovery won't be as quick as I initially thought. Mostly I'm reminded of how blessed I am. So many have lost loved ones due to Covid-19. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the virus," she says, about the long road to recovery that lies ahead. 

Other celebrities who have made their Covid-19 diagnosis public, include AKA, TT Mbha, Brian Temba, and eNCA reporters Shahan Ramkissoon and Heidi Giokos

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