Remember when we used to joke and say ” mayivalwe le country” meaning shut down the country because of COVID-19, well as much as we didn’t mean it at that particular time, our wish has finally come true even though its due to extreme circumstances.I’m sure if we knew then what we know now we could have done things better.
After the President declared national 21-day shutdown on March 26 to contain the spread of Covid-19, celebrities decided to give their fans tips on how to stay safe during this awful time. Its been almost week since the president declared Covid-19 a national disaster and on Monday night, 23 March 2020 he announced extraordinary measures to save lives in order to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Shortly after the president’s speech, rapper Casper Nyovest advised South Africans to stay home and do what the president recommended for the next 21 days and only going out when they’re in desperate need of essential services.
”Okay shap, people of SA, now is not the time to be sneaky, tricky or childish. Stay at home, practise good hygiene and do as you are told for the next 21 days. Skaba tleva,” the rapper wrote on twitter.
Okay shap, People of South Africa, now is not the time to be sneaky, tricky or childish. Stay at home, practice good hygiene and do as you’re told for the next 21 days. Skaba tleva!!!
— R.M Phoolo (@casspernyovest) March 23, 2020
Cassper also responded to the concerns of Nadia Nakai concerning whether or not the music sales will grow. Cassper said that according to his understanding, it was going to decrease but will surely not stop it.
” It’ll slow down the spread but not stop it. Kana, you must understand kuthi if it wasn’t for those ten broers from Italy, we would still be rocking. Meaning that Cory could’ve been spreading and we didn’t even know it. It’s been here for a while and you didn’t know it”.
Cassper wasn’t the only Celebrity to advise South Africans to take safety precautions, Sizwe Dlomo also urged South Africans to do their bit in order to contain the virus from spreading any further.
”Guys its time for all employers and industries to step up. The government has done their bit, its now time for us to do ours”
Guys, it’s time for all employers & industrialists to step up. The government has done their bit, it’s now time for us to do ours.
— Sizwe Dhlomo (@SizweDhlomo) March 23, 2020
Model and activist Refilwe Modiselle also shared words of hope and encouragement to help ease South Africans that are on panic mode.
”Now more than ever a lot of you, God is saying to you, he’s the one in control recognize that. Don’t lean on your own intelligence, understanding and strength, but the one of your maker.
”He determines what’s next, Don’t ever say you have it all figured out. Stay safe, do the necessary, be disciplined and don’t forget prayer changes things. Take this forced time out to really reflect and introspect. Grace, Love &Mercy be with you all. Lots of love and light.
Now more than ever a lot of you God is saying to, He’s the one in control recognize that…. Don’t lean on your own intelligence, understanding & strength, but the one of your Maker. He determines what’s next….… https://t.co/xxcAoKTQ9M
— Refilwe Modiselle (@vanillablaq) March 24, 2020
I think the most important advice to really follow as South Africans is not to Stockpile, there’s no need to exhaust an already tired system. Boity also emphasized this in a tweet, she urged South Africa’s not to panic buy.
” Do not panic buy! Please. There is no need! #covid19SouthAfrica #CyrilRamaphosa.
For what its worth we can receive as much advice as we can from our local stars and The World Health leaders, but the advice is useless if we can’t take the necessary action required. So let’s unite as South Africans do what we can and stay safe during this time because that’s really all that we can do.