Fri, Jun 5, 2020

Small business hard hit by lockdown

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For smaller business owners who are not operating online, times like these might be a setback for their businesses. Maybe people should be sponsored with data to run their businesses online or given a better option to do business. Yes, government is assisting but more needs to be done for the sake of the country’s economy and improving lives. People who were doing door to door business are suffering. What should be done to help them? Will they be able to make enough money to take care of their families? Will government be able to offer enough food parcels to make sure they do not go to bed on empty stomachs?

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

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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?

COVID 19 PLAN/STRATEGY
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.

Lockdown stripping women’s financial independence as GBV increases

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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. 

Women in mining speak

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By Sophia Takuva

Women miners and community monitors from Runde Rural District council gathered at Pote hill Hotel in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe on 6 March 2019 for a workshop convened by Centre for Conflict Management and Transformation to deliberate on challenges faced by women in mining especially on safety issues. Women managed to speak out advocating for safety and peace at work as well as peace at home and in communities for development. Only where there is peace, women can benefit and develop in the mining business and the communities at large enjoy their natural resources. The issue of national security is also a barrier in the development of women in mining business, and law enforcement agents take advantage of women who are financially weak. At that workshop Sophia Takuva managed to conscientise women on the importance of speaking out and the power of their voices using the teaser “If a tree falls in a forest and no one saw or heard it fall, did the tree fall? that she learnt at Ubumbano Voice workshop and the conscientisation process  came out a success.

Lockdown- Women resort to brewing beer for income

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By Steven Ramokhula…Since the extension of South Africa’s lockdown by 14days, people have been affected in different ways. Many unemployed single women in Ikemeleng have started employing their skills they acquired from their parents for survival. These women have now started brewing traditional beer and sell it to the community members for income.

In the past, people in the community used to drink home brewed beer only when there were cultural ceremonies. Now it is a way of making money. People are desperate for alcohol. unfortunately some of these women do not have the skills to brew beer. Their beers often cause diarrhea and one person was even admitted in hospital due to diarrhea cause by the ill-brewed beer.

No Permit – No work

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by Rapule Moiloa in Tembisa Ekurhuleni

About 5 city officers stopped by a guy who sells potatoes on the street corner out side the library and municipal offices and requested that the guy produce a work permit for selling potatoes. The officers said that if he didnt have the permit, they will confiscate his potatoes but one thing that caught my attention is how calm the guy was and how he was responding to the officers and I suspected that he did not have the permit. He then pretended to be calling someone to bring the permit for him and the officers left saying they are coming back but they did not return.

Sefikile parents bemoan lack of consultation in reopening of schools and not happy with going back to work

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by Amo Tshabalala

I have listened with disappointment the speech of the Minister of Education, Mrs Angy Motshegwa, that our kids have to go back to school when workers are still at home. There is even a time table on when learners are going back to school. Do we have a say on what the government decides or not? Since this COVID 19 is deadly, I think we as parents should be consulted as the risk is high. Do we have a say on matters affecting our lives? The community of Sefikile is more concerned about their children since they are going back to school and some parents feel like they should wait for the virus infections to recede before their kids could go back to school, saying that they should be consulted and have a say about their children’s well being.

Meanwhile, the opening of mines in Sefikile community worries us because of the health risk posed to our families. However, somehow feel that we have nothing to do since everyone else is going back to work and if you try to voice your concerns you will get fired. As for our families depend on us and we can’t disappoint them by not going back to work. We have to go back to work even if we don’t like it due to the obtaining crisis and we just hope that all necessary steps will be taken for our safety and also that of our families.No one answered but all in one said they shod be cancelled at ones for protection of their kids. They said it themselves that it is going to be bad for kids to distance them towards each other as they used to be close to each other and friends to each other.

Taxi industry suffers a heavy blow from lockdown

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By Rapule Moiloa

I interacted with a taxi driver in Protea Glen, Soweto on how corona virus has affected him, the first thing he said was was to ask where this disease came from. He said coronavirus has proved to be a show stopper as he has been out of business since the announcement of the lockdown. He said business has gone down as people are now minimising movements and has since recorded losses. He highlighted how the taxi industry has suffered whilst highlighting that his brother have since lost his job because their company engaged in a massive job cut in face of the pandemic.

Its surprising how people defy lock down regulations when its meant to protect them

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by Rapule Moiloa in Tembisa Ekurhuleni

I have been asking myself questions with regards to how people treat the lock down. I wonder why during times of war people are not forced to stay indoors but do so voluntarily without complaining about their freedom of movement but the same people need to be forced to stay indoors when it is their health at risk. On Friday 24 April, the police were chasing people running informal small businesses out side Tembisa plaza and one lady who sells spinach took her stock and ran as fast as she could avoiding being fined but she still insisted that she is going to continue selling even if the police confiscate her stock it’s still fine because she wants money. To me it showed that people are not respecting the rules and regulations of the lock down.