COVID-19-Pandemie – Berichte aus Khayelitsha

Über die aktuelle Lage in Khayelitsha während der COVID-19-Pandemie berichtet unsere Nachhilfelehrerin Thandi:

As I write this report the COVID-19 virus is making us panic and restless as we hear each day that the numbers are steadily increasing of people being infected. Today we are on day 7. One case has been reported in Makhaza at Khayelitsha where we live not knowing how many people has he or she been in contact with, which makes us more scared.
So far no reported case of infection on our members of MYOLI as we keep reminding ourselves to wash hands frequently and stay home at all times.
We pray and hope that this pandemic will dissolve and disperse but only if we work hand in hand as the community of Khayelitsha, South Africa and the Continent as a whole Fraction.
Thank you for your concern, we really appreciate.

02.04.2020

Today we are on day 17 of lockdown, of which we were suppose to end the lock down on 21 day. Since the curve is not yet flatten the lockdown was extended for further 2 weeks, that is we are given till end of April. Hoping that the number of infections will be constant.
Here at Khayelitsha where we reside people are abinding by the rules and we have excepted the situation of staying indoors and go out when necessary.
There are no cases of infections reported yet on the MYOLI group as we keep ourselves indoors and practising good hygiene. We keep updating ourselves with information via Whatsapp so that no one one is left behind.
We hope and pray that this pandemic of COVID-19 will perish soon.
Thank you for your concern. We really appreciate.

12.04.2020

The current situation in the township of Khayelitsha due to COVID-19 is unsettling as way of living is becoming unbearable. I can say half the majority people living in Khayelitsha are not adhering to the rule of staying indoors due to houses being too small to live in, boredom caused by nothing to do, frustrations and stress of what the next meal would come from. Frustration and stress is due to lack of finance as many bread winners are not at work. So the streets are bound to be crowded with children as schools are closed.
There are long queues each and every single day at the supermarkets. One is forced to wake up at the early hours of the morning just to queue for food. Recently near by two supermarkets have been closed due to staff being infected with the virus. This makes us panic furthermore as the number is increasing. It is now that it is really sinking in to most people that the virus is spreading as more people are being tested. We are not on the safe zone yet.
Life is quite difficult to adhere with this situation of COVID-19 as people are in their homes not at work for income to buy food for their families. Not being able to provide for your family is quite a strain. People are really suffering as to what the next meal would come from. People are going to bed hungry because food is not available.
On the other hand the children are quite well as no infection has been reported yet. They keep themselves busy with school activities. They are also frustrated with this lockdown. We as the members update ourselves each day of any news and developments.

22.04.2020

Today is marked as day 39 of lockdown. We are on level 4, which means some few clothing shops are open. Some people are back at work while others are working from home. Fast food outlets are still closed.
Unfortunately Khayelitsha is the township as a whole in South Africa that has most numbers of infections as testing and screening is being done.
This is putting a strain as we are unsettled by this matter.
We are required to wear masks at all times to minimise the spread of COVID-19.
On the 1 of June only grade 12 and 7 will be allowed to go back to school only if the number of infections remain constant.
Fortunately for now there is still no report of infections on the side of the MYOLI members. We are coping just fine, hoping and praying that by the end of the month we will at least progress to level 3.

04.05.2020

We are on day 46 of lockdown, that is week 5 of lockdown. Yet there are no improvements of numbers of people being infected decreasing instead the numbers are increasing. Unfortunately Cape Town remains the highest of people being infected. Khayelitsha were we live has the highest number of infections as a township of the whole of South Africa.
Most employees are back at work regardless of the high number of infections. This is because of lack of income as many employees are sole bread winners for their families. Testing sites are being implemented close to were we live for us to make it easier to go for testing. We are required to wear masks everywhere we go and if not you will be not allowed to enter the premises of the shops.
The stay at home campaign is still a struggle to most people especially to those who do not have food to eat. People queue for so long for food parcels to be released each day and distancing is still a challenge.
The MYOLI members are still fine as still there are no reported cases of infections. We hope by the end of the month the number of infections will decrease.
Thank you again for your concern.

11.05.2020

In South Africa we are now on day 54 of lockdown. We are still on level 4. It has been announced that level 3 will be permitted by 1st of June. This will only apply to areas that have low numbers of infection and not in areas that has high numbers of infection.
Unfortunately Khayelitsha, where we reside, has most numbers of infection. We are recognised as  the hot spot for Covid -19 in Cape Town. This is due to the high numbers of population. This will also make us to remain on level 4 as we are still battling with this pandemic. Testing, screening, social distancing and sanitizing is highly emphasized almost at every angle.
The matter of schools being ready to open by June is still an issue but the education sector is trying its utmost best to reassure us not to panic and the schools will be open. So grade 7 and 12 only  will  be  allowed to attend school on the 1st of June.
There also still no reported case of the Myoli members being infected so far.
Thanks again for your concern.

19.05.2020

The date has been set, we are moving to level 3 on the 1st of June. Cape town especially in Khayelitsha as the township is known as the hot spot. It has high number of infections. Grade 7 and 12 are the only grades that will be allowed to attend school on the 1st of June. The only approach we are given is good hygiene, wearing a mask and distancing to fight this pandemic.
Most of the shops will be open but we will be isolated and checked every second if we are obeying the rules. We are approaching winter which makes us more nervous as the number is vast to increase on infections. This is going to be most difficult and challenging season as it will be cold. 
We, the Myoli members, are still fine as we isolate ourselves. The children can’t wait  for this pandemic to be at ease as it makes them bored to stay at home at all times.
Thanks you for always thinking of us.

26.05.2020