Sun, Jun 20, 2021

The Impact of COVID-19 on the poor

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No one planned or was ready for such a distraction caused by covid 19, these has also changed the minds of many people, has killed 2020 plans that people had.

Poor people are the most troubled and unemployment became actively more with covid 19 presence in our lives.

Covid 19 did not choose who to attack, who to mentally and physically harm, no age nor race affected but all race is affected, no height nor the size of the body is affected.

Poor people are the most hit by these pandemic with regard to food security, for many people are not working but rely on someone to assist with food.

In Orlando West the community get food supplies from the centre where the community have to register as food beneficiaries to get food.

I realized that even young women are affected not only because of the pandemic but by unemployment that is raising and for many people have been retrenched these will cause even more damage in the mind of many people.

Kids also go to the centre to get food supplies and social workers are also present to assist the community.

Who will police the police?

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Whilst the lock down is slowly eased I’ve seen that people can do anything to survive even if it means robbing others. I have also realized that some of the police officials are corrupt taking bribes from illegal gamblers. Gamblers are a group of people who stand on street corners pretending as if they don’t know each other so that they can scam passersby. It is worrisome because it is the police who should be ensuring that people do not gather because the lock down is not yet lifted and the spread of the virus is not yet contained. There are also reports that police are harassing foreign shop owners demanding money, food among other things and one shop owner stated that the same police officers came threatened them with arrests if they did not give them what they wanted.

Meanwhile, I have been following food parcels theft story. Councillors were told not to be part of any food parcel distribution but i have heard how it has been difficult for people to get these food parcels. Unfortunately people have been helping themselves with these food parcels. Early this month many people registered to get food parcels but only a few got the food parcels. Recently, I heard that a Councillor had his car filled with the same food parcels that were supposed to have been given to people in Vusimuzi. He was caught in Limpopo and he was arrested for theft then released after paying 5000 rand bail. Someone who declined to be named said that the same person took some of the mobile toilets that belonged to the people who stay at informal settlement in Vusimuzi to rent them out in Limpopo. The intergrity of our duty bearers is now questionable.

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.