Fri, Jun 5, 2020

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


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?

Commercial establishments aware of hygienic practices to combat Covid-19


By: Francisco Manhique...The commercial establishments in Bairro Ferroviário are attentive to hygiene practices in relation to Covid-19, however, it is common to clean the hands of citizens before making any purchase.

In addition, economic agents have made such action mandatory, aware that they are at greater risk, as they deal with a large number of people during the day, on the other hand, some commercial establishments have disobeyed the orders stipulated by the government in relation to Covid- 19. All amusement centers were closed, the places of worship also closed.

However, it has become mandatory that at 5 pm alcohol sales centers are closed. Through this law, young people lock themselves inside tents and bars, giving the impression that the place is closed, while they have fun night and day.

Estabelecimentos Comerciais atentos as práticas de Higiene em prol do combate ao Covid-19,

Por: Francisco Manhique….Os estabelecimentos comerciais no Bairro Ferroviário mostram-se atentos as práticas de higiene em relação a Covid-19, no entanto, torna-se comum a limpeza das mãos da parte dos cidadãos antes de perpetrar qualquer compra.

Ademais, os agentes económicos, tem tornado obrigatório tal acção, cientes de que estão em maior risco, por lidar com maior número de pessoas durante o dia, por outro lado, alguns estabelecimentos comercias tem desobedecido as ordens estipuladas pelo governo em relação a Covid-19. Todos os centros de diversão foram encerados, os locais de culto seguem a mesma linhagem de enceramento.

No entanto, torna-se obrigatório, até o período das 17 horas encerar os centros de vendas de bebidas alcoólicas. Mediante, essa lei, os jovens trancam-se dentro das barracas e bares, dando a impressão de que o local está fechado, enquanto os mesmos divertem-se noite e dia.

Coronavirus- Conspiracy theories rock Maputo


By: Francisco Manhique…It is still possible to move around the city of Maputo in a state of emergency and find a cluster of people without masks. Among the arguments are: We are Africans, this disease kills white people; With African medicine we can cure Covid-19; Our temperatures are not favourable for the survival of Covid-19.

However, on April 10, by the way, Good Friday, it was announced that there were 20 positive cases of corona virus in Mozambique. Not ignoring the question of ignorance, there is also the question of survival, among the people, there are those who work for daily bread, so, among the concerns, there is a possible axiom, “If I stay at home, I will starve and if I go out to work I will be infected with COVID-19”.

This report does not provide answers, but on the other hand, it brings the reality of a people who struggle every day to find what to eat, in this regard, what do we do and what is the government’s role in times of crisis like this?

“A disciplina Salvou a China, A Indisciplina Afogou a Europa e a Ignorância vai Matar a Africa”.

Discipline Saved China, Indiscipline Drowned Europe and Ignorance Will Kill Africa”.

Por: Francisco Manhique

Ainda é possível circular arredores da cidade de Maputo em pleno estado de emergência e encontrar um aglomerado de pessoas e sem mascaras. Entre os argumentos destacam-se:

  • Somos Africanos, essa doença é dos brancos;
  • Com a medicina Africa podemos curar a Covid-19;
  • Nossas temperaturas são imunes a Covid-19.

Entretanto, no dia 10 de Abril, por sinal sexta-feira santa, contabilizavam 20 casos positivos por corona Vírus em Moçambique. Não deixando de lado a questão da ignorância, existe também a questão da sobrevivência, entre as pessoas na imagem, há os que trabalham pelo pão de cada dia, desta forma, entre as preocupações, há um possível axioma, “se fico em casa, passo fome, se saio para trabalhar fico contaminado pelo covid-19”.

Esta reportagem não traz respostas, mas traz por outro lado, a realidade de um povo que luta todos os dias para ter oque comer, quanto a isso, oque fazer? Ou talvez dizer, qual deve ser o papel dp governo em tempos de crise tal como é em tempos do Covid-19. 

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. 

Living conditions undermine social distancing


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.

Starvation worry citizens more than coronavirus


On the 8th of March 2020, in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, different communities’ leaders were distributing food parcels to citizens and these included 10kg of maize, 3 kgs rice and 4 toilet papers. The food was not enough for people and those who didn’t get the food were very frustrated, it was a painful experience. During the food distribution process, no one cared about social distance as everyone jostled to get a portion. To make matters worse, community leaders themselves did not have personal protective clothing and some did not even have hand sanitisers. People are frustrated more by hunger than issues to do with protecting oneself from the deadly virus.  

Boy loses life due to irresponsible mining activity


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.

Clean-Up campaign in East London


By Xolelwa Pona in East London, Eastern Cape.

A Clean-Up campaign took place at Needs Camp, in East London on the 26th of March 2019. The area was identified as a host spot by the community members because it is where people, but mostly women get mugged, raped, killed and dumped there. Most women restrict their activities because of the fear of being vulnerable. This reduces their level of community participation and makes them more vulnerable to be victims of crime. Now, that the space has been cleaned at least everyone can see the activities happening in the field and there are no trees and overgrown vegetation to hide in. “A community that is safe for women is a community that is safe for all.”

No Water for Cape Town residents.


by Simon.

Residents of the southern suburbs of Cape Town from Plumstead, Wynberg, Claremont to Mowbray had no running water from their taps from Thursday, 7 March to Friday morning 2019. This is because of bursting of the main supply underground water pipe in Wynberg. The water shortages affected residents who were not informed of how long it will take for the pipes to be fixed. Water and sanitation workers from the City of Cape Town with heavy duty trucks and machinery were still trying to fix the damaged underground water pipes on Friday. People had to sleep and wake up with no running water. The main concern is that so much water has been lost as it was oozing out and flowing into the water drainage system. Cape Town has good infrastructure, roads, electricity, public parks and more. One of the biggest challenge is that the city’s infrastructure is too old and it is struggling to cope with a huge influx of people into this city.

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.