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Khoza Issues Statement

Orlando Pirates and Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has issued a statement, pleading with South Africans to get vaccinated.

As one of the most influential personalities in the local football fraternity and beyond, Khoza confirmed that he has received his COVID-19 vaccine.

The government has started Phase 2 of their vaccination rollout, focussing on citizens over the age of 60, and 73-year-old Khoza was seemingly one of the first to receive the jab.

“The efficacy of vaccines is beyond question. Over the years vaccines have helped us as a country to keep the doctor away and grow a healthy nation,” he said in an official statement, issued by the PSL.

“The world has become a village. International trade and travel are at a level where we need to defend against ailments that may originate far from home and yet spread like wild fire the world over. 

“The health security of the world is enjoined. Every single person in the world is vulnerable. 

“I have taken the vaccine not only for my safety, but for the safety of every person who is going to come into contact with me. There are certain important things in life which unless we do together won’t work. 

“Just like safety on the road depends on all drivers observing the rules, vaccines work when we do them as a collective. 

“When your time come to be vaccinated. Please do your part. We have achieved near miracles when we all do what we need to do. This is one such moment.”

Khoza is the chairman of Orlando Pirates, chairman of the Premier Soccer League as well as the vice-chairman of the South African Football Association.

Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout programme is targeting “vulnerable groups who are 60 years and older”.

People falling into this group should register via the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS) and you can get more information below.

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