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Things You Didn’t Know About Ben Motshwari and His Coronavirus Test
In this article, we’ll be detailing you on things you didn’t know about Ben Motshwari. At first, he’s well known as a South African footballer who plays as a forward for South African Premier League giants Orlando Pirates. He joined Orlando Pirates from Bidvest Wits in 2018. Motshwari had managed 16 PSL appearances and scored one goal before the season was paused. He was also born on the 21st of March, 1991 (29 years). Now let’s read through this article below so as to know about Ben Motshwari and his coronavirus test.
One important thing to know about Ben Motshwari is that he grew into one of the most performing midfielders in the league attracting the attention of Orlando Pirates who signed him in 2018. Ben Mothswari’s career at Orlando Pirates flourished in 2019/2020 season where he became one of the most used players. He also became one of the fan favorites. Orlando Pirates announced that Ben Motshwari had tested positive for coronavirus becoming the first player to be diagnosed with the virus in the South Africa Premier League.
All You Need to Know About Ben Motshwari
Now, we’ll be detailing you in bits on things you should know about Ben Motshwari below:
- Ben Motshwari was born on the 21st of March, 1991 and he’s 29 years old.
- There is currently no information about Ben Motshwari’s wife, but he has three daughters with his youngest born in late 2019.
- Ben Motshwari started his Premier League football career in 2013 when he joined Bidvest Wits on trial. Bidvest Wits later signed him in 2014 after impressing on trial.
- Ben grew into one of the most performing midfielders in the league attracting the attention of Orlando Pirates who signed him in 2018, and he flourished at Orlando Pirates flourished in 2019/2020 season where he became one of the most used players.
- He’s also one of the fan favorites at Orlando Pirates.
His Coronavirus Test
- On 07 May 2020 Orlando Pirates announced that Ben Motshwari had tested positive for coronavirus becoming the first player to be diagnosed with the virus in the South Africa Premier League after Portugal-based Sphephelo Sithole.
- Ben was presented with flu-like symptoms the week before after undergoing tests, and his results later came back positive.
- The player was asymptomatic and isolated for 14 days. He will need to test negative before he is cleared. “The Club has also advised that the player must notify the doctors of all the people that he has been in contact with to ensure that they also get tested.”
- While some footballers around the world have tested positive, Motshwari and Sithole’s cases have attracted massive sympathy in South Africa where coronavirus infections are so far rare among sportsmen.
- The Bucs star continues to receive messages of encouragement in the wake of testing positive for Covid-19.
- His former club Bidvest Wits as well as Chippa United and Golden Arrows, among other PSL clubs, have also sent messages of strength to the player as well as several PSL footballers.
- “He is at his home and will be drinking a lot of fluid. As his manager, I’ve offered him advice and words of encouragement. He knows that I’m on his side.”
Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari’s agent Palesa Mkhize has “no doubt” his client “will bounce back” from the experience of being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Mkhize has been in contact with Motshwari and says his client is in good spirits and will not be broken by the development.
“He didn’t take it bad. Obviously, this is a national disaster. Once you test positive for Covid-19, you are bound to be nervous. He is a strong boy and he is not panicking. He understands the fact that anyone can get it,” said Mkhize as per IOL.
“Ben will bounce back. I have no doubt about that. He is a sportsman and he trains hard. He is not the first sportsman to test positive. Sportsman overseas has tested positive for Covid-19 and recovered also from this pandemic. So, we can’t be panicking. He will be okay.”
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Bonus Tip – Covid-19 Level 3 Lockdown in South Africa
South Africa’s Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has further outlined the regulatory changes for the country’s lockdown level 3 which took effect last week (June 1st). At a media briefing on the 28th of May, 2020, Cogta minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said that all of the country’s economic sectors will be opened, albeit with restrictions. She said that the essence of the strategy involved in level 3 lockdown in South Africa is based on sound scientific advice as well as international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO). She also stated that the economic challenges been faced in the country of recent mainly contributed to the ease of the lockdown.
As part of the level 3 regulatory changes introduced by the country’s Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), South Africans will now be allowed to purchase alcohol.
The regulations state that the sale of liquor will be permitted between Monday- and Thursday and between 09h00 – 17h00. Online sales will be subject to the same times, while no liquor may be consumed onsite.
The sale of tobacco products remains prohibited – although this issue is set to be challenged in court in the coming week.
South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Correctional Services “Ronald Lamola” says that South Africans will still have restricted exercise times under the country’s level 3 lockdown. The updated exercise times will now be between 06h00 – 18h00.
He added that South Africans will be required to wear masks at all times and may not exercise in groups. The 5km radius has seemingly been lifted.
Lamola has previously explained that the restriction on exercise and the evening curfew was introduced to help the South African Police Services (SAPS).
This combined with the return to work of more than eight million people means far more movement that the police will need to monitor.
The country has removed the country’s evening curfew (20h00 – 05h00) under the latest regulations and will allow inter-provincial travel for workers.
These workers require a permit from their place of employment to show their purpose for traveling.
Other travel changes announced by government include:
- Publish of a new directive which extends the validity of expired licenses and registrations for 90 days from 1st June, by the Department of Transport.
- Allowing some rail services to operate during the level 3 lockdown – including the Gautrain, as indicated by the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula.
- Allowing for domestic air travel for business purposes also published by Fikile Mbalula.
South Africa’s Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says her department is putting together a proposal to submit to the National Coronavirus Command Council to allow restaurants to open up more services under lockdown level 3.
In a media briefing on Saturday, she also outlined the following areas that have been opened up under Level 3:
- Restaurants for delivery or collection of food. Restaurants with liquor licenses are allowed to sell alcohol only for takeout and delivery.
- Professional services – e.g. tourist guides, tour operators, travel agents, tourism information officers are allowed to come back to operations.
- Professional Services, including training of nature guides and other related services that are able to ensure safe distance.
- Public and private game farms have been opened for self-drive excursions.
- Hiking to be done in compliance with existing guidelines and not in groups.
- Accommodation activities are allowed, except for leisure.
- Establishments will no longer require a letter from the Minister of Tourism to operate. They are required to ensure that they accommodate those in the permitted services and keep records for inspections by the department.
- Hunting and gaming activities are also allowed.
Kubayi-Ngubane said that following economic activities remain prohibited:
- Conferences, events, and entertainment activities (except venues that are being used in the fight against the pandemic, eg. distribution points of social relief measures).
- Casinos and Leisure travel.
South Africa’s department of Basic Education has delayed the reopening of the country’s schools by a week to better prepare for the return of students.
According to the department, schools will open for all grade 7 and 12 pupils on Monday, 8 June 2020, the Department of Basic Education said in a statement on Sunday evening.
The announcement comes after the education department published the updated academic calendar for schools in South Africa on Friday (29 May).
In the directive, the department said that the return of students in other grades will be staggered, with some students returning from 6 July, while the last of the country’s learners are expected to return from 3 August.
One of the most controversial new changes is the partial reopening of places of worship.
Under level 4, all religious gatherings, except for funerals, were banned to limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
There were then calls for South Africa’s President (Cyril Ramaphosa) to allow churches and other religious institutions to open under alert level 3 of the lockdown.
The president said there was subsequently a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council which considered the inputs in recent consultations with interfaith leaders. Following this meeting, Ramaphosa announced that current restrictions on religious gatherings will be eased.
He said places of worship – including churches, synagogues, temples and mosques – will be allowed to open under alert level 3.
Regulations published by the country’s Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs further outline the restrictions – including a hard limit of 50 people inside places of worship.