Fri, Jun 5, 2020

Coronavirus infect all and sundry- That it only affects rich people is a myth

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By Buti Botopela…in Ikemeleng community. As at 15 March 2020,the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of disaster, responding to COVID-19 cases which had been reported. The message shared is loud and clear that we must slow down the spread of this virus in order for us to be able to respond to all the health needs in our communities. I personally felt that my life is at risk . Ikemeleng community is made up of multi African nationals and many don’t even know, what COVID – 19 is. What does it mean when people say it’s lock down? In Ikemeleng community, move around freely and they only disappear when they see the police and soldiers moving around the community streets making sure that people are safe and indoors.
I interviewed 3 of the community members whose names can’t be revealed.

I asked them about what coronavirus and lockdown means to them. Their response was that coronavirus only infect the rich people and not poor people.COVID – 19 is increasing poverty within the community. They even told me that they are not going to sleep with empty stomachs as they depend on piece jobs to feed their families. The situation is getting worst daily. What trajectory or what path this pandemic will take is uncertain.

We all need to help the government slowdown the spread of this virus by complying with the rules set out through avoiding visiting others and playing together especially the kids should stay home and indoors.

Heartbreaking-Poor people bear the brunt of lockdown

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by Tintswalo Mnisi, from eMalahleni Empumelelwe Mpumalanga… When I heard that our South African extended the lockdown by two weeks, I was so devastated and I wished I could sleep and never wake up again. The first thing that came to my mind was about my neighbor who is staying next to the dumping site and making a living by begging around Empumelelwe eMalahleni and he cannot afford to buy food during the lockdown. The issue that is so touching to me is the fact that he is old enough to get a grant but his not even getting it. I called one of my leaders asking about the food parcel but she just said I have to wait until next week, which means the old man has to wait for next week to get something to eat and to me it is heart breaking knowing exactly that I can’t even spend a day without eating. However, I still have hope that the situation is temporary and the situation will eventually improve. I will continue asking for help and feed him with the little that I get. It hurts me because we have people making offerings to pastors instead of feeding the poor and I still thank God for giving us a leader who is choosing people’s lives over people’s personal interests because the economy can recover but lost lives can never be replaced.

Lockdown regulations not respected

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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.

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.

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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.

Army using force to enforce lockdown in Lesotho

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by Rapule Moiloa…A friend of mine from Lesotho said that she witnessed how the lock down is affecting people in Lesotho in terms of how the army uses force with the police is hiding behind the army and allows the army to beat people and use force. The queues at groceries shops are long and she said that Shoprite closes around 11am and the people with small businesses are affected since they sell fast food etc. She also said that at least the government has announced price reduction in fuel prices.

Heavy police presence in Tembisa

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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.

Unscrupulous businesses charge exorbitant prices as demand for masks rises in downtown Maputo

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By: Francisco Manhique…Masks are a means of protection, no matter what the circumstances, unfortunately people only saw their value in the midst of a global pandemic of Covid-19. However, it is in these circumstances that the Mozambican people try at all costs to prevent the pandemic, but to their displeasure, the price of masks that used to cost 15 Meticais, started to cost 250 Meticais, that is, there was a great speculation of prices related to masks and people’s lives came to be in the hands of pharmacists.

However, there is a doubt of the existence of an entity that must inspect that area respectively. It is not known if it is the National Inspection of Economic Activities (INAE) or if it is the Ministry of Health (MISAU), what is known until then, is that its intervention has not been seen.

However, it is important that in addition to observing all the recommended hygienic rules, one must also practice UBUNTO, where one’s existence is because of the other person. Citizens should learn to coexistence in communities, sharing values ​​and always hoping for good to others. .

A procura pelas Mascaras Provoca enchentes nas farmácias públicas da Baixa da Cidade de Maputo

Por: Francisco Manhique

As mascaras são um meio de proteção, não importam as circunstâncias, infelizmente ou felizmente, o povo só viu o seu valor em meio a uma pandemia global, neste caso, a Covid-19. Entretanto, é nessas circunstâncias que o povo Moçambicano procura a todo custo prevenir-se da pandemia, mas para o desagrado dos mesmos, o preço das mascaras que antes custava 15 Meticais, passou a custar 250 Meticais, ou seja, houve uma grande especulação de preços relativo as mascaras e a vida das pessoas passou a estar nas mãos dos farmacêuticos.

Não obstante, há uma dúvida sobre a entidade que deve fiscalizar essa área respetivamente. Não se sabe se é a Inspeção Nacional de Actividades Económicas (INAE) ou se é o Ministério da Saúde (MISAU), oque se sabe até então, é que não se viu a sua intervenção.  

Oque se deve ter em conta em relação a isso, é que as mascaras para alem de caras são raras actualmente, contudo, é um momento que para alem de se observar todas as regras de higiene recomendadas, deve-se ser também solidário, é um momento de praticar-se o UBUNTO, “a necessidade de eu ser oque sou, pela existência de outra pessoa”, fala-se concretamente das práticas sociológicas que pregam a necessidade de melhor convivência em comunidade, partilhando valores e esperando sempre o bem ao próximo.

Police action keeps downtown Maputo practically empty

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By: Francisco Manhique…Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the Mozambican government decided to depopulate what is, one of the most frequented places in the city of Maputo. The downtown area, specifically Avenida Guerra Popular, is one of the largest shopping centers in this province. Without this intervention many people would have been infected in that area. What is certain is that many traders in that place do not have / did not have a license for the work they perform and thanks to police intervention, today we see even the tiniest hole in that place.

Acão policial Mantem a baixa da cidade de Maputo praticamente vazia

Por : Francisco Manhique

Com o novo alerta, o governo Moçambicano achou por bem despovoar aquele que é, um dos lugares mais frequentados da cidade de Maputo. Enaltecer, que a baixa da cidade, em específica a Avenida Guerra Popular, é um dos maiores centros comerciais nesta província.

Por detrás deste despovoamento está a ameaça da Covid-19, que em termos de análise, se não houvesse a contestada intervenção policial haveria uma genealogia de transmissão partindo daquele ponto.

O certo é que muitos comerciantes naquele lugar não tem/não tinham licença para o trabalho que desempenham e graças a intervenção policial, hoje vê-se até o mais ínfimo buraco existente naquele lugar.

Citizen’s health put at risk in public transport

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By: Francisco Manhique… In the wake of Covid-19, the government set a rule that passengers in public transport must sit three people per row.

Asurvey carried out by one activist trained by Act Ubumbano showed that this is not full complied with by public transporters who claim that their businesses have been affcted as they are not able to meet their daily targets.

This is because when public transporters are not controlled by the municipal and traffic police, they do not comply with the law, resulting in overcrowding in public transport and this is worsened by passengers who remain passive whilst they are put at risk.

the survey also established that public transporters do not abide by the stipulated hygienic practices and only one does. This was observed in the Liberdade neighborhood, Maputo Province, when traveling to the city of Maputo, specifically towards the downtown area. The transporte always clean the vehicle and disinfect the passengers’ hands whenever they enter and exit the vehicle.

“Quando todos estivermos mortos, não haverá dinheiro que restituirá as nossas vidas

Por: Francisco Manhique

Foi instituído aos transportes públicos que cumprissem coma norma que estabelece que “todos os passageiros devem ocupar por cada fileira três pessoas, em transportes públicos com lotação máxima de 15 lugares, e aos TPM’s que cumprissem a regra de que todos os passageiros devem estar sentados”.

Por conseguinte, em puro trabalho de sondagem realizado no âmbito do activismo, pela ACT Ubumbano, notamos que essa regra não foi acolhida de forma satisfatória pelos transportadores públicos que acusam sentirem-se lesados, por não conseguirem estabelecer a receita diária.

Estes, quando não controlados pela polícia municipal e de trânsito, não cumprem com a nova lei, verificando-se assim a superlotação nos transportes públicos aliada à cooperação dos passageiros que tornam-se passivos à essas irregularidades.

Ainda no trabalho de sondagem, no que diz respeito as regras de higiene nos transportes públicos, apenas um observa todas as regras incluindo, as de superlotação. Esse facto, foi observado no bairro da liberdade, província de Maputo, na deslocação para a cidade de Maputo, concretamente no destino à baixa da cidade.

O cobrador sempre limpava a viatura e desinfetava as mãos dos passageiros, sempre que estes entrassem e saíssem da viatura. Por outro lado. Este facto não foi observado em outras viaturas, desta forma, notando-se o maior valor por dinheiro em Motoristas dos transportes públicos, dizemos, “quando todos estivermos mortos, não haverá dinheiro que restituirá as nossas vidas.