Mon, Aug 3, 2020

Young people sensitized on the use of masks in the periurban centers of Maputo

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By: Francisco Manhique

This is the environment in Mozambique regarding Covid-19. The new government recommendations are clear, and it is mandatory for citizens to wear masks, whether in transport and public places.

So far, Mozambique has had 20 positive cases as at 10 April 2020, 517 negative cases, no death recorded so far and two citizens fully recovered. Ineffective information dissemination is a cause for concern and the concerns include:

• What is the location of those infected?

• What is the circulation radius they have done in the past few days?

• Are homemade masks recommended and do they pose any risk to people?

Jovens sensibilizados com o uso de Mascaras nos centros periurbanos de Maputo

Por: Francisco Manhique

Este é o clima que se vive em Mocambique face ao novo Covid-19. As novas recomendações do governo, são claras, sendo que torna-se obrigatório o uso de mascaras pelos cidadãos, seja nos transportes e locais públicos, sem no entanto excluir a maxima recomendações “ficar em casa”.

Até ao momento, Mocambique apresenta 20 casos positivos, 517 casos negativos, nenhum óbito e dois cidadãos totalmente recuperados. Até então esta em causa a difusão incompleta da informação. Entre as preocupações destacam-se:

  • Qual é a localização dos infectados?
  • Qual é o raio de circulação que os mesmos efetuaram nos últimos dias?

As mascaras de fabrico caseiro são recomendáveis? Ou tornam-se mais um risco à saúde particular e pública?

Conselho Cristão de Moçambique (CCM), Sensibiliza as comunidades sobre o Impacto da Covid-19.

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Por: Francisco Manhique e Orlando Salazar

A juventude do Conselho do Cristão de Moçambique (CCM), participou na manha de hoje do programa Magazine Radiofônico, da Radio Apolitecnica, com objectivo de sensibilizar a comunidade Moçambicana sobre os impactos do Covid-19.
Dentre os aspectos debruçados neste programa, destacam-se as recomendações emitidas pela organização Mundial da Saúde (OMS), sobre as boas práticas nesses tempos tal como, lavar as mãos sempre, cozer muito bem os alimentos, usar frequentemente a máscara sempre que se deslocar para locais públicos e principalmente ficar em casa.

Desta forma, o CCM, deixa a seguinte recomendação,

” Cuide de si e cuide dos outros “
“Fica em casa e ore sempre”.

Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM), Sensitizes communities about the Impact of Covid-19.

By: Francisco Manhique and Orlando Salazar

The youth of the Council of the Christian of Mozambique (CCM) participated in the Magazine Radiofônico Program, from Radio Apolitecnica, with the objective of sensitizing the Mozambican community about the impacts of Covid-19.
Among the aspects covered in this program, issues around the recommendations raised by the World Health Organization (WHO) on good practices in times like this including washing hands regularly, cooking food very well and wearing a mask whenever one goes to public places and mantaining social distancing.

Thus, the CCM, left the following recommendation,

"Take care of yourself and take care of others"
"Stay at home and pray always".
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Here is a student afraid of contracting COVID-19

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A young boy aged 15 in grade 10 said that his educational program is affected by something he does not know. He said, ” I am very scared because more people are dying because form COVID- 19, I am scared to go to school when people are dying and a time where learners in other provinces have tested positive of the virus and as a high school student I’m worried that I am going to repeat the same grade. What makes me even more scared is that i must go back to school not knowing what to expect and i heard that already there are reports that two schools in Diepkloof have learners who have tested positive. A relative of mine is going to one of the schools and his friend in another i am not sure if I must go to school I am afraid.”

Meanwhile, safety is something that is on peoples minds since the outbreak of COVID-19 and no one wants to risk their lives and their loved ones. The Taxi industry in Joburg are making sure to sanitize and write the names of passengers, contact details to allow for contact tracing as a means of helping in curbing the spread of the pandemic. Taxi drivers are at the fore front of ensuring the mobility of citizens across the country. The Taxi industry is part of the essential services no matter how much problems the industry is facing.

Living conditions undermine social distancing

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Since the enforcement of lockdown has begun things have been very difficult especially when it comes to maintaining social distance. It’s been difficult for us to comply with at home because we are living in a RDP house which is one room and we are a family of 7 including my mother ,2 sisters, 3 children and myself. We are very concerned because we can’t keep one meter apart as we the house is too small for all of us. During cold weather it is like we are breathing the same air. We are not sure if coronavirus is going to spare us in case one of us gets infected.

Stampede at the Complex undermines efforts to curtail the spread of coronavirus

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Rapule Moiloa

As the month of April ended, many people are eager to access their grants and the writer witnessed many people queuing out side the gate of Palm Springs Mall for Sassa grants payment waiting to go to different shops anmd ATMs. However what was worrying is the fact that for what ever reasons there was no law enforcement to maintain the rules and regulations containing the spread of COVID-19 including that of maintaing social distancing. People pushed the gate and started running into the mall and the stampede posed challenges for the security at the mall because every one went in running. This undermined efforts to curtail the spread of the virus as many of these people were not wearing masks.

Lockdown, not just a health issue but a livelihood concern

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by Tshepo Mmusi…Lock down in Klerksdorp areas is taken seriously as we see the streets of the township not flooded by people doing rounds. The streets are clear of people and one can only notice police vehicles monitoring the situation but at certain times children gather in small numbers to play in street corners and as police and military vehicles approache they rush to their homes. Churches were closed during the Easter weekend and usual festivities were not conducted as everyone is indoors.


The lock down has its negative impacts though, because many people’s livelihoods have been interrupted. Workers in the Klerksdorp industrial site have not been working since the commissioning of the lock down and it’s extension has made their situation even worse as many fear that they will not receive their wages. I spoke to one of the factory workers by the name of Matlhomola Manoto who indicated that at their company a “No work no pay” principle will apply if they are not working as their company depends on production. As it is, he has not received any payment since the commencement of the lock down. Street vendors, people depending on recycling materials are not spurred either because they are not allowed to sell their products as recycling companies are closed so there is no market for them.

In the ward where I live, Ward 11, there is a list that has been developed identifying people or households which should benefit from the food parcels, now it is said that it has a bias towards unemployed people and impoverished households. The question is what about the people who are like Matlhomola Manoto, who are employed and not getting paid due to lockdown? The Minister of Employment and Labour advised companies to apply for UIF funds on behalf of their employees so that they can benefit during this period, the question again is where is this holding up? People’s lives are at stake, they are not allowed to go out and fend for themselves as they are used to and government interventions are moving at a snail pace.

Boy loses life due to irresponsible mining activity

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by Vusi aka Mabaso

On Sunday the 7th of July 2019, around 1500hrs at Vosman under Emalahleni Local Municipality in Mpumalanga Province, when a 17 year old boy playing street soccer with friends, their ball fell inside the dam dug by mining activities. The clean water from the dam tempted the boy to swim and pick the ball and he disappeared in the dam. Unfortunately, the boy was found dead in the dam the following morning  at 0850hrs. The loss of life is a result of irresponsible mining activities, where the mine did not rehabilitate land and fill the opened dam.

People in Limpopo province yet to comprehend what COVID-19 is all about

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by Mmabore…I am really saddened by the pandemic because it is going to affect a lot of us badly and the economy. I wish traditional practitioners could tell if it the end of the world, punishment from creator or just a disease to teach people to respect and love one another.

My family is coping even if you can see the confusion in some. They wonder what Corona is. We live in a rural a area in GaMogashoa village, Ga Sekhukhune Limpopo, South Africa and we haven’t heard of anyone who has been infected which makes us feel safe. We believe in tradition and from our belief traditional practitioners used to do rituals to prevent diseases from entering our country back then and since most of the rituals are not being done anymore it might be another reason we have COVID-19. Another problem is a seasonal sickness that affect chickens, some of the family members are asking if this disease is the same. The fortunate part for chickens is that there is a tree that is been mixed with water for prevention and now with the people they don’t know what to do. Our children talk more about Corona but the problem is difficult to tell them to stay indoors the whole day. Some go to the neighbors to see their friends.

Some of the people say Corona is not there and some say it is for white people only. In most cases, people take long to believe until they see someone close or a friend infected. I still see some of the people who are always on the road for no reason. Some don’t even know the symptoms. I asked some of my friends their view on the virus and some said that we are all going to die. Another problem is some of the rumors and videos that are circulating about COVID-19. One video say the problem is caused by 5G which confuse us whether it is from animals or not. Another problem is people complain about basic services like water and electricity. Network is also not good and that makes things difficult. Taxis are also a problem as we have to go to Jane Furse to buy food and unable to come back early as taxis only operate in the morning and evening.

Another challenge in the community during this pandemic is unemployment, small businesses that have been affected and water scarcity. Some households do not have food. Those who were in towns looking for work have came home and the pensioners have to take care of them too. People will be spending more time at home and food won’t last which adds to the problems. Price hikes is also a problem. I bought eggs at a near shop for around R84, a day before the lockdown and the price had gone up to R100 meaning they have added R16 in few days because of lockdown.

Business as usual in Thembisa besides lockdown extension

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by Rapule Soweto… In Tembisa, the situation is the same regardless of the extension of the lockdown by President Ramaphosa on 9 April.People in Vusimuzi section still move from one street corner to the other and it is business as usual as some people come together as they normally do during Easter holidays. Talking to one person who has a small business he expressed disappointment at the situation as he cannot continue with business and unfortunately there is nothing he can do other than complying.

Let people pay for rates online

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by Rapule Moiloa in Tembisa Ekurhuleni

Since the announcement of level 4 lockdown last week, wearing of masks have been made mandatory when one is entering in shop, public transport and I have realised that service providers do not allow people to enter when they do not have masks. However, municipalities should avoid long ques in order to mitigate the spread of the pandemic by sending rate statements so that people start paying online to avoid congestion at municipalities.