Thu, Dec 3, 2020

Porters exposed to the deadly virus

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by Rapule Moiloa

Talking to someone close to me about the work that he does as a Porter, he expressed his worry about his exposure to the virus. He works at a certain hospital as a porter in Soweto and he is equally exposed to the virus just like nurses and doctors. He is worried by the fact that many people forget that people who work as porters are also in the frontline and are exposed to the virus for they are the ones receiving patients regardless of the nature of their sickness. The work environment has also changed tremendously due to COVID- 19 because previously they would receive patients with out fear of contracting any disease. Although they are given Protective gear, wheel chairs and stretchers are not disinfected increasing their vulnerability to the deadly virus.

Wasteland turned into vegetable garden

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by Rapule Moiloa

A community waste land that lied for many years behind shops in Palm Springs in the Vaal is being successfully put into good use to ensure food security during lockdown as it has been turned into a vegetable garden. This piece of land used to be a home for rats for year and the community used to dump waste whenever it was not collected by the local authority. The bad ordour and rats from the dumping site affected people staying close by for years but now the piece of land has been cleaned for use on something that will benefit people because they will at least have fresh food from this garden. This garden was started by an old man together with a couple of guys who were called nyaope boys because they were addicted to nyaope drug that is still terrorising young boys and girls in townships. Today the community of Palm Springs in Section H is happy to have this vegetable garden rather than rats and what makes even the community happier is that the boys don’t steal anymore as they are now of great help to the community.

COVID-19 – Its everyone’s responsibility to contain the spread

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By Mmabore Mogashoa

On the 12th of May 2020, I went to Jane Furse in Sekhukhune in South Africa. When I entered one of the shops they checked body temperature, sanitized people’s hands and only those with masks were allowed in. This shows how businesses are ensuring the health and safety of customers and employees. What worries me the most is people who move around the streets without masks. From GaMogashoa to Jane Furse you meet people with no masks and some sitting and enjoying drinks. People should know that it is our responsibility to safeguard our health and it is no time to take COVID-19 for granted. When I got home, I also found children playing and what suprised me is that they used tissues and plastic to make masks while playing. Nevertheless, if children can play and talk about COVID-19, why do adults find it difficult to wear masks.

Hunger strikes as children resort to selling

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by Rapule Moiloa in Tembisa Vusimuzi

Since the start of the locked down, I have realised that children play every where with no problem at all. To my surprise yesterday morning I witnessed three kids between the ages of 9 and 14 moving door to door selling tissues and steel wool without putting on face masks. When I asked whom the stuff belong to they said that they were helping their unemployed mother to generate income. They said she is engaged in an informal business which has since been affected by the lockdown and her returns cannot even buy these days makes a small profit not enough to buy a bag of mealie meal. The older one said that they had since registered for food parcels and to date they haven’t received anything and they now miss going to school.

On another note, I am worried by people who seem not to care about their health and safety or that of others. I am not sure whether it is out of ignorance or not if men sit together drinking home brewed alcohol form the same container denouncing the lockdown rules and regulations.

Meanwhile, the police became visible as of yesterday after many days of being inactive around Vusimuzi section in Tembisa as I witnessed some law enforcement agents announcing making an announcement that they will arrest those moving around without wearing masks.

Diversion of food parcels meant for the poor, a cause for concern

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by Rapule Moiloa in Soweto

Lock down did not happen because it was supposed to but it was due to an unforeseen virus that left many people jobless, with out food and caused people’s lives to be on standstill. People who thought of the poor not just about themselves organised food parcels for the poor, the vulnerable and the needy so that they can eat together with their families. However I am disturbed by those who receive these food parcels that instead of taking these food parcels to the relevant people, they help themselves with the same food. These are selfish people who can afford to buy food themselves but they deprive the poor. What should be done when those who are supposed to distribute don’t do the distribution, what should be done when food parcels are found in the back of the car, what can be done when food parcels are distributed at night in the dark for the few or even sold, what should be done when the same food parcels distributed according to structures of the political party and what should be done when the problem is not yet contained?

Congestion during SASSA payouts compromised lockdown regulations

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The 6th of May was the last day of the SASSA pay outs.The roads were so packed and there was too much chaos due to people and traffic congestion. The scary part about this was that nobody seemed to be caring about the spread of COVID-19 as some of the people were not putting on masks and not following the 2 meter distancing. I am one of the concerned people about the Coronavirus lockdown going back to stage 5 as there are some people who thinks this pandemic we are faced with is a joke yet everyday we are updated about new cases and deaths caused by this virus.

Meanwhile, at Imbali Crossing there was a road block where all travelers were stopped and asked where they were going,what are they going to do there and were expected to produce permits. Most of the people were asked to go back because they didn’t have permits yet others did have permits and were told either that it’s not the ones they want or they are not specific enough and people who were going to collect Sassa pay outs had to issue their IDs and SASSA cards as proof. People who were going to purchase groceries and buy essentials were also told to go and get permits for that. My worry is where are we going to get permits to buy groceries?

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.

Kudos for in Diepkloof Square shopping complex management for ensuring customer safety

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by Rapule Moiloa in Diepkloof Square Soweto

hand wash soap and running water at the entrance of the shopping complex in Diepkloof square, I went to Diepkloof and on arrival at Diepkloof Square i realised that at the entrance of the complex people wash their hands with liquid hand soap and before proceeding to any shop that one would like to enter, hand sanitizing is also done. I also realised that social distancing is bieng maintained in all shops and honestly i was happy to see that the management of the complex are making sure that everyone maintains social distancing and sanitize their hands. The security company at Diepkloof square entrance are also maintaining the no mask no entry rule and some are making a living by selling masks at the entrance.

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.

Politicisation of COVID-19 food relief

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By Concerned Resident

I have been talking to people i know in Diepkloof And Reverlea with regards to the current situation since lock down. Many confessed that hunger is the major problem since many people last worked before the lock down was announced. There were however challenges associated with food parcels that were supposed to be distributed to people who are in need and Sophie not her real name alluded that one needed to register first for him or her to be able to get the food parcels but to date people who have registered to be helped with food parcels have not received instead few people recieved and these are card carrying members of a certain political party.

In Reverlea, people have been waiting long for the food parcels I’m advised by Suzan not her real name that food parcel donations were brought in Reverlea but the problem is the few parcels that were brought only benefitted a few and when Suzan send a text message to the person in charge of the distribution in their ward asking about the few food parcels that were intended for the community of Reverlea, instead of the person in charge to explain why only few food parcels were brought, the person took Suzan off the list and said the minute her text message was recieved her name was deleted immediately.