Fri, Jun 5, 2020

Need for awareness raising in Sefikile Village


by Amo Tshabalala in Sefikile Village, North West Province under Moses Kotane Local Municipal

I asked my family about COVID-19 and none of them understand what it is all about. I had to explain it them in a way that I do understand it and explain it easy for everyone to understand My mom said that President Ramaphosa must take this Corona thing back to where it came from. When i explained to them, they were frightened and realised that some people are ignorant about the crisis we are faced with. Some of the questions asked include:
1) Since this is a virus, will it be cured?
2)Is it going to be treated like HIV and AIDS since they are also viruses?
3)If soap and hygienic issues can help one from not contracting the virus, why is ts so hard for us as South Africans to get cure?

All these questions make sense and someone can follow on them and do more research about hygienic stuff. And I also shared how this will affect people’s jobs in SOUTH AFRICA. My family is concerned about the unemployment rate and that if it happens that way,people will again lose jobs then it becomes a longtime problem.

Proper education to our people is more important and South Africa as a whole. Let there be women and children at the center of everything that we do and say, they also need to be catered and cared for and be protected as well. However, everyone in the village is abiding by the rules and regulations of the 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.

The sad story of a woman who lost her baby at Job Shimakana Tabane Hospital


by Sipho (not real name)…I was admitted for baby delivery at Job Shimakana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg on the 13th of April 2020 but unfortunately i lost my baby and the situation at this hospital makes my loss even more painful. Since I was admitted I realised that there are no precautions in place for Corona virus in this hospital. I am saying this because the visiting hour is from 3pm to 4pm and visitors are from different communities, one visitor per person. Some of them with no masks including nurses and doctors and there is no screening of people who come for the visit.They said that they are containing the virus by allowing one person to visit,but there are more people coming especially families of those who lost their babies.

The painful issue that is affecting all of us is the way the nurses treat us especially with regards to preparing our babies for burial. The nurses don’t have time to help us. Since I was trying to prepare my baby’s papers yesterday till today nothing has been done. My baby’s father was up and down trying to sort out papers but the nurses are giving him different information. I am discharged but I can’t go home till the papers are done in Ward 6. They told the baby’s father that there is a missing file to prepare the papers 😭. I am angry and feeling sad about the way the government nurses are treating us.

I was at Ward 4 and the nurses are working hard to help us deliver safely and have done all that needs to be done but after we got transferred to another ward, the problems started. I was even left with 2 drips till I took them out by myself because I was asking a nurse in Ward 6 to remove them and she said she is tired and I must wait. I waited for more than 4 hours and she knocked off.

Activist call for a clear communication strategy when it comes to COVID-19


I am Amo Tshabalala in Sefikile Village North West Province under Moses Kotane Local Municipality. I think that is not fair for alliterate people as everything has happened so fast. It has affected us activists and everyone in the community so negatively. The illeterate people while they are still trying to understand what is this corona virus then the lockdown is effected and they don’t even know what lockdown is or what it means. Now we have to explain as community activists but its difficult since we can’t be seen outside along the road or anywhere for that matter without a serious reason. In my community/village they take everything serious even though they didn’t hear what you said exactly but they do what they think you said and in this case it is lockdown and they are indoors. People who are depending on piece jobs its hard for them now to put bread on the table as we all know that no unnecessary movement is allowed. Builders also got affected by this lockdown too as they also can’t do anything and we all know what that means, no food on the table again. Now, how many homes have no food on the table because of corona virus?

Every information should be written or given in indigenous languages but now I think everything has gone too much to social media and my concern is what about the illiterate people, those who can’t afford smart phones, and those who can’t afford data to get the info about corona virus? Information should be accessible by all including those in rural areas. We should work together and make sure that we are safe. #stayhomeandsafeyourfamily.

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.

COVID-19 depriving security forces of their family time


by Nonkosi in Braamfisher in Soweto…On Monday 12 April four liquor traders were arrested for contravening the Disaster Management Act of 2020 by selling liquor and cigarettes during the lock down. This shows that people are no taking COVID-19 seriously.

One of the soldiers we interfaced with was so frustrated by people of Braamfisher’s behavior. I laughed and said at least you are making money and we SAPS members are getting not anything. He said you are fortunate because you are able to see your family. “I’m home sick and if people don’t listen and behave like this,we will be deployed and stay in our camps till this is over. Money won’t make up for the time lost with our family” said the soldier.
Its the little things that we take for granted that matters more. We are working for long hours forcing people to stay home for their safety. It is unfortunate that street vendors can’t operate their business and the extension of the lock down means that they won’t be able to provide for their families. Every time I go back home I am afraid that I can infect my family. To keep them safe. At least the little that people can do is to stay at home. Nonetheless, I would like to thank our petrol attendants who are rendering services to the essential workers.

Ntabi concerned about people taking coronavirus for granted


by Nthabi in Orlando Soweto…I am a 30 year old mother of two and i am concerned about the number of issues that i have been witnessing around my Area here in Orlando, Soweto and it breaks my heart and disturbs me as a mother. One of the issues is non compliance by the community where people are not respecting the rules and regulations of the lock down treating corona virus lightly. Gauteng has the highest number of people who tested positive and in Africa South Africa has the highest number of infected people. If only can people listen and do what they have been asked to do, stay home and only go out when it is really necessary. I am also worried about the economy and how i am going to survive if it happens that the lock down is extended because no one has the answer as to when exactly the pandemic will end. in face of break-ins of bottle stores, I wonder if we are safe here.

Thamie now at peace with the lockdown


by Thamie Mokoena in Braamfisher, Soweto… I am fine with the lockdown although it was a little bit over whelming for me in the first days since most of my work is to deal with people and not used to stay one place but I have adjusted now. One of the challenges is we still hear issues to do with rape, assault, the killing of women and children and abduction cases and it is depressing. As for the additional 2 weeks I always felt that one way or other it was going to happen because of the nature of how this pandemic should be dealt with. I’m just praying to God to save Africa.

Tembisa residents defy lockdown regulations


by Rapule Moiloa…Since the start of the lock down in Tembisa, people have never complied with lock down regulations for many people move around freely, stand in street corners in groups, get together and many people say that there’s nothing they can do whilst sitting at home and I’ve realised that most men make money through gambling and sitting at home for them is not an option because gambling is how they make money.

Lockdown, not just a health issue but a livelihood concern


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.