Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and his wife Rachel were tested for the coronavirus after Rachel felt ill last weekend.
Rachel says in an Instagram entry she, Siya and her brother underwent the tests. Their tests are negative.
The couple started the Kolisi Foundation, a nonprofit organization, initially with the first project to renovate school facilities, but then the virus strikes.
They would only officially set up the foundation later, but used the sponsors they already had on board to help provide for the immediate food shortage.
Now they help the most vulnerable families and communities in South Africa with food so that people can stay at home, as is required of them during the pandemic.
They have already entered into numerous partnerships and assisted people in various places in the country. “We work with people regularly and always prioritize first safety, gloves, masks, a healthy distance, hygiene, and so on. We also have three people at home who are at high risk.
“We have to travel this weekend to make a big delivery. And I really wanted to make sure I did the responsible thing before I left, ”she wrote on Instagram about why she had the test done.
She writes that it is important that people do not underestimate the severity of the virus.
“There should be no stigma about Covid-19 and tests.”
The couple went to Port Elizabeth last month to help distribute food parcels to 500 families.
Earlier in April, their foundation also assisted hospital staff in Port Elizabeth and other hospitals by donating protective equipment such as masks, hand cleaners and face shields to employees.
The relief organization Gift of the Givers did Rachel’s test.