‘Andidikwe’: Eastern Cape Health MEC apologises for briefing slip

Gomba forgot to mute her microphone after a digital address.

‘Andidikwe’: Eastern Cape Health MEC apologises for briefing slip

The Eastern Cape’s Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has apologised to Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize after utterances she made during a virtual briefing on COVID-19 went viral on Tuesday evening.

The minister, Gomba and other Health MECs across the country were all taking part in the widely televised briefing, giving details on their efforts to contain the respiratory disease.

At the end of her address, Gomba could be heard saying, ‘Anididikwe’ – a Xhosa term which loosely translates to ‘I am irritated’ or ‘I am fed up’. Clips of the so-called blunder went viral and prompted suggestions that she had been referring to Mkhize. She made the remark seemingly without realising her microphone was still switched on.

I profusely apologise – Gomba

In a statement on Wednesday morning, Gomba apologises for giving the wrong impression, saying she was fed up with the minister, but with the clothes she had been wearing.

“I understand the impression that was created when I said ‘andidikwe’ ndiyatsha during the briefing. At the time I was saying that, I was moving away from the laptop and taking off the doek”, she said.

“I profusely apologise for the wrong impression that this created as I am committed in the fight against this pandemic”

The MEC had left her mic on

The provincial health department spokesperson Sizwe Kopelo said the MEC had forgotten to turn off her microphone after her virtual address.

“The MEC spent the rainy and cold Tuesday visiting hospitals in the Mthatha area, ensuring medical staff have personal protective equipment”, Kupelo said.

“Because of exhaustion, the MEC forgot to mute her microphone when she said she was irritated or uncomfortable with the warm attire”

With the number of infections nearing the 5,000 mark, South Africa currently has 4,996 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease – 616 of which are in the Eastern Cape. The national death toll stands at 93, 10 of the fatalities have been reported in the province.

The neighbouring Western Cape remains the epicentre of the coronavirus, with 1,870 cases, followed by Gauteng with 1,377.

Other provinces are as follows;

Kwa Zulu-Natal (919), Free State (113), Limpopo (31), North West (29), Mpumalanga (24) and Northern Cape (17)

The Western Cape also has the most deaths so far, with 38, followed by KZN with 30.

The respiratory disease, which originates from a wildlife market in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 240 000 people globally and infected well over three million. However close to a million people have recovered from the disease.

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Olympic boss urges confederations to consider virtual sports

IOC Presdient Thomas Bach said that sports confederations should take an active role in the organisation and governing of virtual sports events.

Olympic boss urges confederations to consider virtual sports

The head of the Olympic movement said that sporting confederations should consider their relationship with virtual sports in light of social distancing.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says that confederations should take an active role in the organisation and governance of virtual or electronic versions of their sports.

“Whilst maintaining our principles by respecting the red line, with regard to the Olympic values, we encourage all our stakeholders even more urgently to ‘consider how to govern electronic and virtual forms of their sport and explore opportunities with game publishers’,” Bach wrote in a letter to members of his organisation.

The Olympic movement includes a wide variety of disciplines, with varying degrees of popularity but virtual sports are being considered a viable stop-gap for sports fans.

Several global sports already have lucrative relationships with their virtual sports counterparts with licensed Formula 1 games and the Fifa franchise being excellent examples. Top F1 drivers have even joined in on the virtual racing calendar and have excelled.

Visitors play on EA Vancouver video game developer’s football simulation video game FIFA 19 at the eSports Bar trade fair in Cannes, southern France on February 13, 2019.(Photo by YANN COATSALIOU / AFP)

Sports betting industry looking to esports

The most intense of sports fans are those who have something riding on the outcome, and the sports betting industry is already looking to virtual events to keep them going.

CEO and founder of betting company Golden Race, Martin Wachter says his company would also be looking to increase its markets in the arena beyond the time of lockdowns and social distancing guidelines.

“I see virtual sports as a big opportunity,” he said in an interview with iGB. “You have to understand that what you push now in online it will be here, it will remain.

“And when you are back in retail, when you are back with your sports betting, you still will have the beauty of virtual sports in your traffic. People get used to it, so this is what I see in Golden Race. Even if we lose all the retail and we lose money, one day we will be back, and we have topped up our virtuals online, and we will be stronger than ever.”

Virtual sports a massive opportunity

The sports betting industry had taken note of the value of virtual sports long before the current global health crisis forced almost all on-field action to cease.

“You can play 24/7 virtual sports and what we see, for example, with our biggest operator in Italy [is that it tells us that] Golden Race’s virtual Serie A makes more tickets than the real Serie A. Why? Because people can pick their favourite team and they can play it all day long, not only once or twice a week.”

Golden Race runs the virtual side of their business in line with traditional sports betting conventions.

“The main idea is when someone off your betting platform is moving to your virtual platform, there is a zero learning curve; everything is the same.”

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