South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe and wife test positive for Covid-19

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The South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe (MP), and his wife, Mrs Nolwandle Mantashe, have tested positive for Covid-19. The Minister received his results earlier on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the presidency said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.

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“This was the Minister’s 3rd round of tests to be conducted since the outbreak of this virus,” the presidency said, adding that “Minister Mantashe and Mrs Mantashe are currently in isolation and the Minister will continue to work from home.”

According to the statement, “the Minister remains committed to a course of ensuring security of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond”, and “has directed all members of his private office in government to also test.” 

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“As we wish Minister and Mrs Mantashe a speedy recovery, we extend the same well wishes to the thousands of South Africans and their families who are also battling coronavirus. To defeat this virus, we must all continue playing our part in observing the WHO protocols of washing hands regularly, wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing,” the presidency added.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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