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MBABANE – The COVID-19 vaccination drive dubbed ‘Jovel’Industry’ campaign has announced a date change.

This was confirmed by Swazi Boy entertainment stable founder Mthunzi ‘Shadow’ Zwane. The campaign was slated to kick-start on Thursday (September 16, 2021) but has since been changed to be held today (September 15, 2021). Asked on what purported the date change, Zwane said it was largely because on Thursday, it was forecasted to be a rainy day hence it would prove futile for the planned mass inoculation as intended. “We want to start the manifesto on a good note so we do not want our efforts to be dampened by the rain as we intend to have thousands of emaSwati to vaccinate,” he said. He went on to insist and urge everyone that is affiliated within the sports and recreational sector including comedians, actors, musicians, fashion designers, make-up artists, athletes, footballers and most importantly fans to vaccinate in order for the industry’s restrictions to be lifted.


He mentioned that the fans were their priority as they are the ones who support the industry by filling up the stadiums and in the case of events, patrons are the ones who buy the tickets. The campaign will commence today at Business Eswatini headquarters from 10 am at Malagwane Hill. Other vaccination dates will be announced as the campaign continues. The COVID-19 vaccine has thus far proven to be an effective measure to control the spread and the unpleasant effects of the virus which has spared no one, including the business sector. Most businesses were placed on restrictions which led to a significant number of them being closed down and together with a number of jobs under threat. In Eswatini, the hospitality, sports and entertainment industries have been placed on a protracted restriction leading to heavy losses which cannot be sustained into the future. This phenomenon has caused a lot of anguish for the industry players and it is very frustrating as most artists have been without an income for close to two years.

Zwane went on to add that due to the repercussions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, all players of the industry needed to come together and promote vaccine acceptance among themselves and their music lovers. “If the industry waits, it loses time and opportunities to reach the collective goal of herd immunity where all restrictions will be relaxed to allow the industry to breathe again,” he said.


Artists and other key players in the recreational sector that have since vaccinated include Sands, Symphony, Bholoja, Lyrikal Busta, Mdura, Dr Shakes, Gogo Eswatini, Felix Badernhost (Swallows), Mzoro (Leopards), Mthunzi Dlamini (Wanderers), Ur Gal Zee (influencer), Khosi S(Makeup Artist), Ms Thuthu (Influencer), Sakhile Simelane (Model), Thembinkosi Mtetwa ( actor), Zulu D(dj), Waffles (dj), SUPA CDQ (dj), Mistosoul (dj), Melusi Skyfall (Influencer), Tiitee McBubbles ( Influencer), Caramel Dank(Influencer), Gciniwe Fakudze (corporate), Phathizwe (TV personality), Thabile Maripe (celebrity chef),     Notsile Nkambule ( author), Tandzile Zwane( Author), Lwazi Tsela (Fine artist), Darren Raw (businessman), Chester Eswatini (UNESWA FM) and Njabu Mabu ( UNESWA FM) to name a few. This publication spoke to MegaSound’s Samkelo Zulu who is renowned as Zulu D further urged members of the public to vaccinate in order for the restrictions to be lifted once more, making it possible for the events to be hosted once more. Comedian Dr Shakes narrated how as entertainers they missed performing on stage. He also echoed Zulu’s words as he said he received his jab and he is still perfectly fine.

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