Dr Keith Cloete, head of the Western Cape health department. Picture: Nasief Manie/Spotlight
In January 2020, Dr Keith Cloete sat at a press conference with the Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo and the outgoing head of the Department of Health in the Western Cape, Dr Beth Engelbrecht.
A quiet, unassuming man, Cloete sat at the end of the table in the sunny meeting room of the modern District 6 Clinic in the Cape Town CBD, fielding general questions as he was introduced to the media.
At that time, Covid-19 was regarded as something that was happening far, far away.
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