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South Africans are known for their resilience and it was only 2 years ago that Cape Town came together to beat the water crisis.

Now facing the coronavirus pandemic, Cape Town yet again comes together, in form of Community Action Networks (CAN).

The Cape Town Together Community Action Network is a community-based response to COVID-19 to take action at neighbourhood level to educate and support each other and then share ideas and resources with other CANs across the city.

Join or start a Cape Town Together CAN: www.facebook.com/groups/CapeTownTogether/

It is inspiring how South Africans take matters into their own hands and come up with ingenious ways to help in times of hardship. There is always a willingness to spring into action.

It feels good to do something and be part of a network that helps finding suitable ways to contribute.

This is a novel situation.

By communicating with each other and participating in constructive discussions we can find best practices to deal with it.

By connecting with each other, we can share verified knowledge and assist those in need in an effective yet safe manner.

If you haven’t yet done so, join the Cape Town Together Community Action Network now:

Sign up for a Cape Town Together CAN:  http://cptcan.co.za/join

Join a CAN WhatsApp Group: http://cptcan.co.za/groups

Join the CAN Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/CapeTownTogether/

Map with Cape Town Together CAN groups: http://cptcan.co.za/map

CAN Starter Pack: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VXoftlVUlfmVXW9zcr2jhqBbk5nrswhu

#CoronaVirusInSA

#PreparedNotScared

#FlattenTheCurve

#StopTheSpread

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Early on Friday morning the streets were so quiet, I decided to do a mini MOOP Swoop just so we don’t drown in rubbish during lockdown.

 

Quickly checking the abandoned field at the corner of Greatmore and York Street, I came across evidence that indeed, the coronavirus is here, in the heart of Woodstock:

The abandoned corner plot at Greatmore and York Street is a health hazard with medical waste dumped on it.

The abandoned corner plot at Greatmore and York Street is a health hazard with medical waste dumped on it.

 

Among the usual dumping, an N95 respirator mask is flying around on the abandoned plot, like a harbinger of the coronavirus.

 

The empty corner field has always been a health hazard and fire risk, now it also harbours medical waste.

 

#CoronaVirusInSA

#PreparedNotScared

#FlattenTheCurve

 

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So here we are! South Africa’s nation-wide lockdown has began.

 

A hustling and bustling panic-stricken bulk-buying lead-up to the lockdown resulted in very busy streets just yesterday.

 

In comparison, the morning of day 1 of SA’s lockdown was eerily quiet:

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But it turns out it was just a slow start to the day.

 

From around 11am the usual buzz of the neighbourhood sounds kicked in, with children playing, people chatting, repairing works, cleaning and scrubbing noises and also the birds started squawking.

 

The streets are pretty empty though, it seems everyone is busying themselves in and around their houses.

Someone is playing music and some others are singing along.

Kids are kicking ball on the front porch.

Neighbour’s are waving across the street.

 

All in all a rather peaceful and collected start to the lockdown.

 

#PreparedNotScared

#FlattenTheCurve

 

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As the lockdown of South Africa draws closer, everyone is doing their last minute stockpiling shopping.

Probably the exact opposite of what going under lockdown is trying to achieve…

 

We’ve bought all essentials when it became apparent that South Africa started to stockpile.

Since then we continued with our usual weekly shopping.

 

Last Tuesday morning however it coincided with the announcement of the nation-wide lockdown:

 

Supermarkets were full. While we were greeted with a free rub of hand sanitizer, it was very difficult to distance yourself from others in the narrow isles.

Already items were rationed.

Coronavirus: Baked Beans - only 3 per customer

Coronavirus: Baked Beans – only 3 per customer

 

The weird thing is that rationing items seem to trigger bulk purchases:

The Ritebrand Baked Beans had been on offer at actually quite a good price for some time, but just been sitting on the shelves.

Now thanks to the coronavirus Baked Beans have to be restricted to 3 per customer and are flying off the shelf.

 

I don’t even like baked beans, but the fact that they are sparse, makes me think if I shouldn’t buy some.

I did.

 

Well, at least it means I had some today and therefore did not have to go to the shops again.

Because, as probably expected, on the last day before lockdown, South Africans flock to the supermarkets with queues building up outside of the shops.

 

#CoronavirusInSA

#PreparedNotScared

#FlattenTheCurve

 

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Viruses are fascinating.

A virus can spread and put the whole world in fear, yet it is not even able to reproduce on its own.

 

With that it fails already one of the 7 characteristics of life, proving: A virus is not a living thing.

 

A virus is a piece of code (RNA) that needs to infect a host cell, so this host cell replicates that piece of code (RNA) to make new virions (complete infective viruses).

 

An influenza virus attaches to a host cell. As a result, the virus is engulfed by the host cell. The infected host cell replicates the virus' RNA and proteins and assembles these into new virions (complete infective viruses).

An influenza virus attaches to a host cell. As a result, the virus is engulfed by the host cell. The infected host cell replicates the virus’ RNA and proteins and assembles these into new viruses.

 

As a virus is not alive, it can therefore not be killed.

 

Instead, a virus is either infectious or not.

It is either viable – able to infect a host cell – or its molecules are not intact – rendering it ineffective.

 

Outside a host organism, the virus starts to deteriorate.

 

To protect yourself from infection, it is crucial to speed up the decomposition of the virus, so it is no longer working:

–  Wash hands thoroughly

–  Clean surfaces properly

–  Disinfect frequently touched items regularly

 

#PreparedNotScared

#FlattenTheCurve

 

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Fire fighters are hosing down a fire on the abandoned field at the corner of Greatmore and York Street.

Fire fighters are hosing down a fire on the abandoned field at the corner of Greatmore and York Street.

 

Rather than smelling the fire, it took us by surprise when we saw smoke wafting into our garden.

 

Opening the door to check what was happening on the abandoned field at the corner of Greatmore and York Street, putrid smoke engulfed us.

 

After four fires on the neighbouring plot, my automatic reaction is to call the fire brigade.

 

Then we proceeded to fight the fire with some rainwater we had collected.

 

Now the fire was reduced to smouldering with some hot ashes flying through the air.

 

We checked if we needed to pour more water on the fire.

 

Luckily it didn’t take long for the fire fighters to arrive.

 

The fire brigade made sure the fire is properly extinguished.

 

The fire fighters could not tell what had started the fire. But itjfzf 3’s clear that it was fueled by all the rubbish that is constantly dumped on the abandoned field.

 

#FireIsEveryonesFight

#NoDumping

#StopDumping

 

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Hey guys, listen to this: The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus a global pandemic!

 

 

No way! So that’s why all the events are being cancelled?

 

 

Yes, the updates are streaming in: All sports tournaments, all school and university ceremonies, all conferences and summits, all events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

 

 

Oh no! This here right now must be the last gathering of 2020!?

 

 

#CoronaVirusInSA 

 

Coronavirus outbreak in South Africa: Map of provinces with confirmed COVID-19 cases (red) as of 16 March 2020.

Coronavirus outbreak in South Africa: Map of provinces with confirmed COVID-19 cases (red) as of 16 March 2020.

 

 

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SA Library Week 2020 is running from Monday, March 16th to Sunday 22nd.

This year’s theme is: Libraries: Your Partners for Life

#SALibraryWeek2020

#SALibraryWeek2020

 

It is also Fine Free Week!

#FineFreeWeek #ReturnYourBooks

#FineFreeWeek #ReturnYourBooks

 

So go on, return your books, it’s completely free, no questions asked.

 

Another service that is free is to get a new library card when yours got stolen or lost. Normally requesting a new library card costs R20, but during Fine Free Week it’s free!

 

#SALibraryWeek2020

#LibrariesYourPartnersForLife

#ReturnYourBooks

 

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The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causing the disease COVID-19.

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causing the disease COVID-19.

 

As the total of confirmed coronavirus cases rises to 7, panic buying starts in South Africa.

 

Speaking to our local pharmacy, South Africa is already out of stock:

Face masks are completely unavailable at wholesale level. That means pharmacies can not even order any more. It seems all face masks that make it to SA are reserved for hospitals only.

Hand sanitiser is out of stock with new orders getting in slowly but selling out fast. Pharmacies are unable to tell when they get the next order, advising customers to check back frequently.

 

With panic buying setting in, the question is how long it will take until other important products are out of stock.

Our big chain supermarket was out of tissue paper and running low on toilet paper. This has happened before, but how quickly really can they restock? Especially when everyone is buying extra much?

 

General advice is to have a 14-day supply of food for everyone in your household in case you need to self-quarantine at home.

 

There are plenty of lists what to stock up on in case there is a coronavirus outbreak:

How to prepare for coronavirus: The shopping list for your own home quarantine kit.

 

The good news is that the World Health Organization does not recommend medical masks for people without respiratory symptoms, as no evidence is available on its usefulness to protect non-sick persons.

 

Instead  we need to be more vigilant with our hygiene, wash our hands thoroughly with soap and avoid touching our face.

It is very important that we keep our distance to everyone else, at least one meter.

Some say: Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus.

 

Sounds like #20Plenty is turning into a rather lonesome kind of year.

 

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Happy Women’s Day! 🙂

 

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) is,
I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”.

 

The generic symbol for gender equality combines the symbols for Masculism and Feminism in an equal way.

The generic symbol for gender equality combines the symbols for Masculism and Feminism in an equal way.

 

A very clear message that most pro-women initiatives are simply about equality.

 

UNICEF says gender equality “means that women and men, and girls and boys, enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protections. It does not require that girls and boys, or women and men, be the same, or that they be treated exactly alike.” 

 

When I voice women’s rights I’m often belittled as a feminist or I’m being accused of being against men.

 

It is astounding how some men appear to be fearful of women excluding them and how guilty some women seem to feel when they support other women – not excluding men, but not making the whole shebang about them either.

 

There seems to be an underlying resistance to give more power to women.

 

But women are not asking for more power.

 

Women are asking for equal power.

 

And in order to get to an equal balance with men, women still need more support from both sides:

 

–  About three-quarters of violent crimes against women are committed by males.

–  The majority of rape victims are female.

–  Women are still being paid less than men.

–  Worldwide 1 in 4 girls are neither employed nor in education or training – compared to 1 in 10 boys.

–  Women’s mobility is limited in many countries.

–  Women suffer more severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men.

 

… and the list goes on…

 

We’re still far far off from achieving gender equality, for example:
The global pay gap will take 202 years to close.

 

In times of #20Plenty, let’s make this a year of #20PlentyForAll and change this world to a better place for everyone.

 

#BeTheChange

#Vision2020

#20Plenty

#20PlentyForAll

 

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South Africa is coming to terms with the first confirmed Covid-19 case:

The Coronavirus is here

 

Already Google is cancelling events in South Africa.

Sadly, this means no International Women’s Day celebrations:

Google cancels its IWD Cape Town event because of the Coronavirus.

This comes just after Google cancels its flagship conference I/O 2020, banning all business travel except in “critical” situations.

After all the #20plenty excitement, will this be the year the world stops to travel and gather?

#COVID19

#CoronaVirusSA

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