Medical personnel prepare for COVID-19 testing in the Bo-Kaap district of Cape Town, South Africa, on April 8, 2020, while the country remained under lockdown in an effort to contain the coronavirus' spread. | Medical personnel prepare for COVID-19 testing in the Bo-Kaap district of Cape Town, South Africa, on April 8, 2020, while the country remained under lockdown in an effort to contain the coronavirus' spread. | AP Photo
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The new COVID-19 strain known as 501.V2, which was discovered in the country in late 2020, has propelled the country's second wave. Due to the increased burden on the South African health-care systems, the South African government was forced to resume lockdown level 3 and impose further lockdown limitations.
What to Know
While safeguarding ourselves and our family, we all wish to return to the moments we miss.
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COVID-19 had infected around 27,300 health care employees from both private and public health care organizations by August 2020. Meanwhile, frontline personnel was stretched thin and overworked as the number of positive cases grew.
Among the country's dedicated healthcare personnel, who are doing everything they can to keep the rest of us safe and healthy, are a few well-known figures who are utilizing their platforms to raise awareness about the pandemic.
They're also using their social media channels to educate people, posting films on the virus on a daily basis, going on live broadcasts to discuss the virus, and answering questions about COVID-19 from their followers.
Here are a few South African celebrities that have been working relentlessly on the front lines of the epidemic to help stop the virus's spread and save lives.
1. Dr. Tumi ( Tumisang Makweya)
Tumisang Makweya, best known by his stage name Dr. Tumi, is an award-winning gospel musician and a medical doctor who co-owns a 24-hour private medical clinic in Polokwane.
He formed a record company with his pals during his last year of studies, and after signing a gospel group to the label, he stayed with the group until he graduated – with a degree from the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa). After that, he practiced medicine while recording his debut solo album until he gained fame in music.
When South Africa fell into its first lockdown in March 2020, however, Dr. Tumi offered his services to a public hospital in Tembisa. He had previously left public health care to pursue music in 2011, but returned after observing the toll the pandemic was taking on the country's health-care employees.
2. Dr. Thato Thelma Mosehle
Dr. Thato Mosehle of Stilfontein, North West, is a Miss South Africa beauty pageant runner-up.
She graduated from the University of the Free State with a medical degree in 2018 and completed an internship at Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp. She submitted her Miss South Africa 2020 submission video on May 17, 2020.
Today, she is the first runner-up in the Miss South Africa 2020 pageant, and as a result, she was crowned Miss Supranational South Africa 2020. Mosehle will compete in the Miss Supranational pageant later this year, representing South Africa.
Mosehle worked as a medical doctor while training for the pageant, taking time off only for the pageant's finale — before returning to work when she was crowned.
Mosehle says the success stories of patients who are discharged and can return home healthy keep her going as a front-line worker fighting the pandemic in a video uploaded on the Miss South Africa Instagram page.
3. Dr. Musa Mthombeni
Musa Mthombeni, a former YO-TV and radio presenter, is also a medical doctor and associate lecturer at Wits Medical School. He began presenting at an early age and has never been out of the spotlight since.
He had always wanted to be a doctor, so after matriculating, he went on to study medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand while continuing to work as a presenter on the popular children's television show YO-TV.
Mthombeni is currently employed as a radiologist at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital. He has also collaborated with the South African Department of Health to provide advise on how people may stay safe and help restrict the spread of COVID-19 during these hard times.
4. Dr. Tamaryn Green
In 2018, Dr. Tamaryn Green was crowned Miss South Africa and placed second in the Miss Universe 2018 pageant in Thailand.
Green returned to school in 2019 to complete her studies after putting them on hold during her reign as Miss South Africa. She received her medical degree from the University of Cape Town later that year. During her reign, she campaigned to end the stigma surrounding tuberculosis (TB) and launched the #BreakTheStigma campaign to educate people about the disease.
She has worked as a frontline worker in Johannesburg during the pandemic and is raising awareness about COVID-19 on her social media pages.
She was also one of a group of doctors who collaborated on a social media campaign to urge South Africans to follow health regulations, in order to combat COVID-19 and raise funds for the Solidarity Fund RSA. As well as partnering with a number of brands to raise awareness and educate people about COVID-19 and how to stay safe during the pandemic.
5. Dr. Adè van Heerden
Dr. Adè van Heerden is a doctor, a lieutenant in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), and a former Miss South Africa who placed in the top ten of the Miss World 2017 competition. Van Heerden returned to 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg, Cape Town, to finish her internship after her reign as Miss South Africa.
She is currently a medical doctor with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in Gauteng, as well as a TV presenter for ENCA's Health Matters. She has used social media and her TV show to raise awareness about COVID-19 and the national regulations that must be followed in order to combat the virus.
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