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Salute our Covid-19 battle heroes

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The 54-year-old recently led the South African team responsible for bringing home more than 100 citizens in locked down Wuhan city

AS THE country continues to intensify its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to remember and celebrate the unsung heroes who have emerged in this crisis.

Among those who have truly displayed compatriotism is SAA chief pilot Captain Vusi Khumalo and his team.

The 54-year-old recently led the South African team responsible for bringing home more than 100 citizens in locked down Wuhan city.

Accompanied by a team of health, government and military officials, Khumalo and his crew braved what many of us would never consider undertaking, going inside the epicentre of the outbreak, and bringing our fellow South African brothers and sisters home.

These men and women, employed at the time that our national carrier is facing a number of financial challenges, deserve the highest honour and all the praise.

On his return, Khumalo told a newspaper that he could not wait to leave the quarantine site in Limpopo to see his three-year-old daughter Khanya again.

“She had asked me if I’m going to China and I said, ‘I don’t want to lie to you but I will tell you where I went when I come back’. I could see the worry in her eyes,” Khumalo was quoted.

We hope Khanya is reunited with her heroic father soon.

We thank him for his bravery.

As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in South Africa, we also pay tribute to the health care workers on the front line of this battle.

We salute the nurses and doctors who work long shifts in hospitals dedicated to treating Covid-19 patients.

Sister Nothemba Botha of Tygerberg Hospital told the Weekend Argus that she was ready for whatever challenges Covid-19 throws at her.

She is one of the health care workers who received specialised training to manage infectious patients.

To sister Botha and her colleagues, we say your efforts will never go unnoticed.