Gospel singer Tumisang ‘Dr Tumi’ Makweya is volunteering his services at a local hospital during the coronavirus lockdown
The You Are Here hitmaker won’t be singing to patients, but putting on his scrubs to help doctors and nurses fight the deadly virus.
It may come as a surprise to some of his fans, but Dr Tumi is a qualified doctor who once owned a medical practice.
He studied medicine at the Medical University of Southern Africa.
Dr Tumi took to Twitter this week to reveal that he will be dusting off his stethoscope.
“Hi fam. I want to play a part in helping our government with the fight against CORONAVIRUS. Starting this Friday, I’ll be volunteering my time for free working at one of the local hospitals at their COVID 19 units during the 21 days #Lockdown. #AnswerTheCall,” he tweeted.
Hi fam. I want to play a part in helping our government with the fight against CORONAVIRUS. Starting this Friday, I’ll be volunteering my time for free working at one of the local hospitals at their COVID 19 units during the 21 days #Lockdown. #AnswerTheCall
— Dr Tumi (@DrTumisang) March 24, 2020
According to SowetanLIVE, Dr Tumi will be based at Tembisa Hospital’s specialised Covid-19 unit
“I had a good two years working in extreme resistance in a TB hospital. So to manage infectious diseases I really got proper training and experience then,” he told the publication.
The 38-year-old added that he is happy to assist doctors who will be “overworked and overwhelmed” during the period.
“They need all the help they can get.”
Dr Tumi’s fans praised him for stepping up to the plate.
“@DrTumisang we love you Doc. Bless you and your family,” one wrote.
— HEAVENLY approved (@zimkhithabang) March 26, 2020
Radio personality Sindi van Zyl also applauded Dr Tumi for his efforts.
“Thank you Doc!” she tweeted.
Thank you Doc!
— SidebarWithSindi (@sindivanzyl) March 24, 2020
Meanwhile, fashion designer Gavin Rajah and his staff are also playing their part in the fight against the coronavirus.
Gavin revealed on Twitter that his workers took it upon themselves to make free masks to help those in need.
“I am so touched by my staff who have taken leftover fabrics from the studio and made these masks for free distribution I could not be any prouder of these angels! #love #kindness #compassion,” he wrote.