By Nokwanda Sibandze | 2021-11-25
THE Arts Industry campaigns to encourage people to vaccinate has helped over 400 people get their jabs.
This number was growing each week as a number of people were buying tickets for the Standard Bank Luju Festival and as the Jovel’Industry continues to tour the country.
This initiative has been successful so far as most people in the entertainment and arts industry have taken their jabs. The country has seen a number of artists, such as poets, deejays, singers, and even event organisers take their jab in a bid to help open up the industry again.
In as much as the country still has a long way to go in order for the economy to be fully opened once again, it is no doubt that this particular industry is working hard to achieve that goal.
For the country to open up once again, the country needs to reach 60 per cent of fully vaccinated individuals. As of yesterday morning, the country was still at 22.5 per cent of the total population that is fully vaccinated. This means that 260 763 people have gotten their jabs.
Many artists said it was important to get vaccinated because the festive season was one of the most important times of the year for any artists. Since some artists are even booked in South Africa and other countries, they said it helps to get vaccinated.
They also said they were willing to help the government achieve this goal in order for them to be able to function normally again. Speaking to the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Youth Affairs Communications Officer Sibongiseni Zondi, he said the ministry was proud of the work that the entertainment and arts industry was doing.
"We sincerely appreciate the outstanding work that all partners in the arts sector have put in towards the national vaccination campaign. It is heart warming to see stakeholders pull together in one direction in the quest to protect the lives of Emaswati and ensure a safe resumption of arts activities.
“It is our belief that this is the foundation from which we can rebuild a strong and sustainable arts industry in Eswatini. We continue to encourage arts lovers who have not yet taken the vaccine to do so,” said Zondi.
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