Pirates chairman issues statement

Health & fitness

Orlando Pirates and Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has issued a mass cry to South Africans after receiving his Covid-19 vaccination on Monday.

Khoza was among several thousands of elderly people who received the jab as Phase 2 of the national rollout bagan in the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 73-year-old veteran football administrator was among the senior citizens who queued for the vaccine at Munsieville Centre for the Aged in Krugersdorp yesterday.

He has since issued a plea to South Africans to join in the vaccination process so as to safeguard the future of international trade and travel.

"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," read a statement on the club's website.

"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 wildfire 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 comes 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."

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