By staying home, South Africans have taken the much needed defensive position that the nation requires at this stage of the game.
This is the message from PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza, who this week joined other influential figures in amplifying the government’s appeal to the nation to “stay at home” in the fight to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
“The majority of you follow the beautiful game. The important role you are playing, by staying home, is to ensure we don’t all get sick at the same time and overwhelm our already overstretched medical facilities and national health system,” said Khoza.
He made these remarks in his capacity as Orlando Pirates chairperson during the announcement of a joint venture involving his club, Kaizer Chiefs, and the MultiChoice Group this week.
The three parties have donated essential equipment to the healthcare sector.
Khoza also used the platform to pay tribute to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize for a “laudable service to the nation at our moment of great need”, and also praised those who had been at the frontline, risking their lives while serving the nation.
“To you the father, mother, daughter, son, grandfather, grandmother, girl child and boy child, uncle and aunt … this virus is real and it kills,” he said.
“It would have been easier if we could see the virus with our naked eyes. It would have been helpful if we could smell, taste or hear when we touch it. The truth is we cannot use any of our five senses. It is therefore important for us to take our guidance from government. Luckily for us, our government has led admirably on this issue from day one, by the first citizen, our president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
“Dr Mkhize has told us [that] the only way we are going to win is to work together. Every single one of us has a role to play. Right now in this difficult lockdown period we are all playing a role.
“We at Orlando Pirates understand our leadership role in our sector and the economy at large. We have achieved even more when we have worked collaboratively with the other market leader, Kaizer Chiefs.”