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SAFASowetanLive reports that soccer bosses and the entertainment industry say they will support initiatives to give incentives to vaccinated people.

This, the entertainment industry said, would allow them to get back to work as they have not been making money since the country went under lockdown last year. The department of sport, arts and culture has launched its “Return to Play — it's in your hands” initiative aimed at encouraging people to vaccinate. Reacting, Moroka Swallows chair David Mogoshoa said they would support the initiative “if this is how they want us to get back to normality”. Mogoshoa explained: “You must understand that it’s not just the fans that are affected but the entire value chain of a stadium is affected. The security guards, the cleaners, the car park attendants, these are all the jobs that fell through the cracks when the pandemic started. We are even willing to demarcate a section of the stadium specifically for administering vaccines so that it becomes convenient.” Maritzburg United chair Farouk Kadodia echoed Mogoshoa’s sentiments, saying getting vaccinated was a small price to pay in the new norm. At the launch, SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan said they would give away 50% of the tickets to fans for the 2022 Qatar Fifa World Cup qualifier match between Bafana Bafana and Ethiopia next month. But the fans would have to produce proof of vaccination. Acclaimed choreographer and member of the Theatre and Dance Industry Alliance, Gregory Maqoma, said he would support any idea that would make people safe inside theatres, restaurants and clubs. Event organiser Terry Mokoena said: “For the past few months I have been hosting events for a small number of people. But you cannot make money from such events. If I can have more crowds that are vaccinated, then I support that idea. People are frustrated by this lockdown and hungry for fun.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tankiso Makhetha and Patience Bambalele at SowetanLive

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