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MBABANE – The sporting fraternity has not been left out in the COVID-19 vaccination drive campaign.

The campaign branded ‘Jovel’ Industry’ or Ngyabuya/ Syabuya is a drive that seeks to unite the country to vaccinate as to achieve the goal of going back to normal lives. Football fans and athletes in some sporting codes have been greatly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and they have been missing in action since March 2020. The campaign will be launched tomorrow at Business Eswatini (BE) premises (Malagwane). Government has made the call for everyone to get the jab as soon as possible in order for the nation to reach herd immunity at record speed. Some fans went public requesting the government to allow them back into stadiums but once they have been vaccinated.


Another greatly affected industry is entertainment and Mthunzi ‘Shadow’ Zwane, who is behind the campaign, said they cannot leave out the sporting fraternity in this campaign. “The COVID-19 vaccine has thus far proven to be an effective measure to control the spread and the ugly effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has spared no one, including the business sector. In the country, the hospitality, sports and entertainment industries have been placed on a protracted restriction leading to heavy losses which cannot be sustained into the future. “Given the arrival of the vaccine which the aforementioned industries have long been advocating for, there is hope on the horizon,” he said. The vaccine has been made accessible to anyone above the ages of 18 regardless of occupation and/or social standing.

Zwane said the sporting fraternity has a huge role to play in achieving this including the athletes and the supporters. “There have been a lot of unfounded theories making rounds especially on digital platforms which have not escaped the attention of the youth in particular. A lot have taken the bait and are hesitant to take the vaccine.  Ngyabuya/ Syabuya is a drive that seeks to unite the industry players to speak with one voice to their fans and shift the mind-set of the youth towards vaccine acceptance in an all-encompassing fashion.

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