Anguish, listening, resilience: Zweli Mkhize reflects on a year of Covid-19

On the anniversary of SA’s first case, the health minister looks back on how he’s coped with the pandemic

04 March 2021 - 20:17

It was a call to the president he hoped he would never have to make, but a year ago, Dr Zweli Mkhize had to do exactly that.  

“I flew to Johannesburg the night before to address a black business meeting. On my way to the airport to fly to Cape Town, I got the call about the first confirmed Covid-19 case. I was rushing to parliament to respond to the debate about the country’s readiness for Covid-19. ..

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