Deputy President, David Mabuza, launched the Vooma Vaccination Weekend Campaign at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng, Rustenburg, on Friday.
Vooma Vaccination Weekend aims to bring together public and private health sectors, organised labour, business, community and faith-based organisations into a campaign to encourage more citizens to get inoculated against COVID-19.
Residents of Rustenburg came out in numbers and braved the cold weather, something that impressed the Deputy President.
Mabuza said this campaign will help speed up the vaccination rollout in the country.
"We have extended vaccination days in order for people to access the sites and the aim of the campaign is to mobilise people to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also see Ministers, Premiers and Mayors convene events in most districts to support and encourage people to get vaccinated," said Mabuza.
Meanwhile Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, said he is pleased with the number of people who availed themselves for vaccination.
"We are grateful to the community of Rustenburg in the North West for coming out in your numbers to come and vaccinate, in the interest of the economic recovery and reconstruction of South Africa. We all need to play our part in order to reach population immunity," said Mthethwa.
Government has appealed to the private health sector, organised labour and faith-based formations to help support the campaign.
Mabuza also led the Return to Play Campaign, in which government has partnered with all sectors of the society to increase the rate of vaccinations in the country. He was accompanied by amongst others Minister Mthethwa, North West Premier, Bushy Maape and Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.
Meanwhile, 101 people died due to COVID-19 complications in the past 24 hours of reporting, bringing to more than 87-thousand the number of deaths recorded in the country because of the coronavirus. 1 678 new COVID-19 infection cases were recorded, bringing the total number of cases recorded to nearly three million.