Simphiwe Dana's mother, retired nurse, tests positive for Covid-19

Simphiwe Dana
Simphiwe Dana
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Singer-songwriter Simphiwe Dana on Tuesday revealed that her mother has tested positive for Covid-19.

"My mom has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. She is a retired nurse who went back to work for an old age home because nursing to her is a calling," she tweeted. 

The Usikhonzile singer said that her mother is recovering at home, and "seems to be okay," and although she has diabetes, the singer "has faith that she will pull through." 

"No worries girl. Your mom will pull through. She belongs to the generation of #mbokotos. No one and nothing can take us down. Wishing your mom a speedy recovery. Please convey my well wishes, [sic]," replied Felicia Mabuza-Suttle.

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Simphiwe is the latest in a series of celebrities who have spoken about how Covid-19 has effected those close to them on a public platform.

On Sunday, radio veteran Bob Mabena said on Twitter that his grandmother had died, after contracting Covid-19.  

Speaking to Channel24, The Bachelor SA's Jacqueline Ramon-Pinto opened up about the guilt she experienced after she unknowingly passed on the coronavirus to her grandmother, and hopes by speaking out to break the social stigma associated with the Covid-19.

Although Jacqueline's symptoms are improving, she explains that as her grandmother is elderly and has a compromised immune system, she is recovering at a much slower rate. 

Last week Kaya FM temporarily closed its premises due to a Covid-19 outbreak and SABC2's Lithapo on Tuesday halted TV production after a Covid-19 positive case was identified among the production staff.

Other public figures who have tested positive for Covid-19 include eNCA anchor Shahan Ramkissoon, and TT Mbha

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