Mon, Aug 3, 2020

Lockdown stripping women’s financial independence as GBV increases


Most of the women in the group and community in Pietermaritzburg Central, KZN, are surviving on hand to mouth basis where, in a normal situation, spend the day doing different activities. depending on day today activity.  The lockdown is stopping the women has stopped the women from being   financially independent. Apart from that, the means of survival is becoming extremely undermined. At the end of the day their families are starving and their major worry is they will die of hunger and not coronavirus. Apart from being stripped of their financial independence, women are also now exposed to gender-based violence since they are forced to spent more time with their male counterparts which they are not used to. 

Lockdown regulations not respected


by Rapule Moiloa…When lock down was announced it was meant to protect the people so that people maintain social distancing but since the start of lock down, people are failing to respect the regulations. Many people in Tembisa walk freely because there is no police to enforce the regulations and I’ve realised there are goats roaming around the streets and one wonders where the owner is to keep them off the streets.

CHWs Shutdown National Health Department


By Dorothy Mabelebele

On the 5th of March 2019, Community Health Care Workers (CHWs) under the Gauteng Community Health Forum marched to the National Health Department in Pretoria against the fixed term contract that Carers recently received.

CHWs said that they will never sign the fixed contract because during the arbitration ruling that took place on the 27th of September 2018, led by Advocate James Motshekga, it was said that CHWs are permanent employees of the Department of Health.

CHWs went to the Minister of Health’s Office in Pretoria to shutdown his office so that he responds to them on the fixed contract because on 16 November 2018, at Nasrec, he announced that Carers will be absorbed permanently. Unfortunately, no one attended to their call and demands and security staff were called to stop Carers from entering the building.

Parents not doing enough to educate children about coronavirus


by Rapule Moiloa in Tembisa Vusimuzi Ekurhuleni. For many people abiding by the regulations of the lock down appears to be an individual choice although it is meant to keep everyone safe regardless of race and financial status. It is sad to see kids playing outside at the grave side while parentswatch and say nothing as if the lockdown is never important and one thing that is disturbing is the freedom that kids seem exercise by flying kites and the virus does not choose  but affect everyone.

Some of the reasons they end up playing outside is because there is no enough space in their houses and yards and parents do not help these kids understand what is really happening with regards to the virus. Parents seem not talking about the danger of this pandemic to their children and I think that’s why the children are ignorant.


by Lucky…At last the water stressed community in Marapong got water from the local Lephalale Municipality. Those who are living in informal settlements are at high risk of coronavirus. During lockdown period, people use water continuosly because they are supposed to wash hands frequently and bath not mentioning all activities that need water when people are indoors. People got water and that’s a relief but my concern is that they are those who are not able to buy sanitizers or afford soap to wash their hands due to the fact that they are unemployed and poverty stricken. When they come to fetch water they open and close the taps without washing their hands. What if someone with the virus have used the tap? Their children won’t be able to play inside their tin houses the whole day and that means they will be unnecessary movements and touchings and most of informal settlements don’t have yards and gates. During this lockdown period let’s prioritise people who are leaving in informal settlements, rural areas and people who are nunemployed and those who are taking medication that need them to eat frequently. Part of Marapong informal settlements now receive water today.

Sefikile village worried about the reopening of mines


by Amo Tshabalala in Sefikile Village

Statistics around COVID-19 are not good and the changes announced pertaining the mining sector expose us as mining host communities we feel much exposed to the pandemic. The major question is, what are the plans in place for the mine to keep us and their employees safe? What is most worrying is the fact that the numbers are rising even though when people are maintaining social distancing. Even though COVID-19 regulations stipulate that there should not be a gathering of not than 50 people but there will be more than 50 people. What safety measures are in place? Mr President must do the right thing and stop all the mines who made the call outs to their employees to return to work as it will be affecting the mining host communities. One wonders the very essence of staying at home if mining companies are to conduct business as usual as this puts the workers’ families and the entire community at risk.

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


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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Heavy police presence in Tembisa


by Rapule Moiloa…Tembisa. On the morning of 12 April 2020, as i was going to buy prescribed medication for my mother, in Tembisa as she got from the clinic yesterday i realised that on my way to Discam Store in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department stopped taxis to check the number of passengers and drivers permits and all I could see is EMPD addressing the taxi drivers regarding the number of passengers inorder to combat COVID-19.

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


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 Tembisa


Rapule Moiloa…Old and young people in Tembisa Ekurhuleni still don’t adhere to lock down rules and regulations, kids play in waste dumping areas, burning papers and this shows that parents are not monitoring their kids during the lock down. My worry is that these kids play in dirty areas and their health is at risk and chances are slim that they wash their hands with soap.