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ARTS INDUSTRY VACCINATION DRIVE TODAY

By Ayanda Dlamini | 2021-09-15

THE Eswatini arts industry will embark on a vaccination drive, in partnership with Business Eswatini and other sponsors. Venue owners, events managers, promoters, artists, comedians, barmen, waiters, security guards, bouncers and taxi drivers are all invited to join the team at Business Eswatini at Emafini starting at 10am.

Business Eswatini, in partnership with the arts industry players will be launching the #Ngyabuya / #Syabuya campaign on the same day. Artists and other players in the industry took to social media to announce the campaign. Swaziboy Entertainment founder Mthunzi Zwane also expressed the importance of all industry players getting their vaccine.

“Let us go get the vaccine so that we can go back to work. The only way we will be able to bargain with Eswatini Government is if we are vaccinated. We can apply the no- jab-no entry at the shows if need be. This is a call for all people in our sector who are affected.

We are asking the following to please get the vaccine; this we will be doing it for ourselves and no one else because we will not get relief from anyone,” he said.

Already a few artists have received their jabs. They were amongst the first artists to get vaccinated after the government announced vaccination for people under the age of 40. Artists said they hoped the campaign would allow for the government to reduce the restrictions on events so they could be able to go back to doing what they love. Seasoned MC Linda Simelane said the entertainment industry has suffered so much already due to the pandemic and it’s about time it opens up again.

“We know the only way to achieve that is by vaccinating. I’m very much for the initiative,” said Simelane.

Larry Mhlanga said, “this is a brilliant concept but we need the Ministry to give us assurance that when we reach a certain numbers of people who are vaccinated the industry will be open.”

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