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Mmusi Maimane gives the president 48 hours

Mmusi Maimane gives the president 48 hours

Mmusi Maimane gives the president a 48 hour ultimatum over reopening of schools

Mmusi Maimane, leader of the One SA Movement, launched an online petition last week, which has now reached over 156,000 signatures from parents opposed to the reopening of schools.

 

This petition was launched on Tuesday 19 May after Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister announced the reopening of schools on 1 June.

 

“We cannot risk allowing our country’s places of learning to become petri dishes for increase in infections which may undo the value of the national lockdown. We maintain that opening schools at this stage poses a risk and danger on all students, teachers and support staff, as all credible indicators suggest that infections have not yet peaked.”

 

According to Timeslive, Maimane will give President Cyril Ramaphosa and the national command council (NCC) 48 hours to outline why they have decided to reopen schools on June 1.

 

He said that should there be no response from the government within the stipulated time, he will consider legal action.

 

“I will request the president who is the chair of the NCC, to give us the rational reasons why they are taking this administrative action. I’ll be giving them 48 hours and should we hear no response, we’re willing to take legal action against this government.”

 

According to Timeslive, The One SA Movement said in statement released earlier this month and reposted on Sunday, that schools should remain closed for another three months as stringent safety precautions needed to be implemented that will not compromise the safety of pupils, teachers and staff members.

 

The safety precautions included,

  • mandatory testing
  • provisions of adequate PPE,
  • weekly disinfection of classrooms
  • Ventilated transport for pupils.

“Schools cannot simply return to the way they were, with the simple addition of being Covid-19 safe.

We have entered a “new normal” and this requires the DBE to respond by fixing our broken and unequal education systems,”read the statement.

 

https://www.change.org/p/minister-of-basic-education-let-s-not-gamble-with-our-children-s-lives?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_22271409_en-GB%3Av1&recruiter=1085702582&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition

 

Source: Timeslive

Photo Credit: talkofthetown

Chubby Chums are appealing for donations

Chubby Chums are appealing for donations.

On Thursday 21 May, Chubby Chums were able to feed 100 vulnerable and elderly people residing in Ulana Park, Makause & Delmore informal settlements.

Unfortunately Chubby Chums did not have enough parcels to hand out to all the hungry residents who have been left vulnerable by the pandemic and the lockdown.

They are appealing for assistance from the public to be able to help all these desperate people left without food.

Donations of food or non-perishable goods can be taken to Chubby Chums offices.

They are situated at:

136 Cydonia Street

Primrose Hill

Tel: 011 825 7773 or 011 873 4747

http://chubbychums1.co.za/

 

Peri Peri Chicken Livers

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon butter (the best butter you can find)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon finely minced garlic (2 large cloves)

1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

450g chicken livers, cleaned and trimmed of excess fat

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon peri peri chili powder OR fresh chopped red chili (depends on how spicy you want it!)

1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves

2-3 bay leaves depending on size

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

200lm heavy cream

1-2 tablespoons brandy

To serve: fresh parsley and crusty bread with butter

 

Method:

Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions for 3 minutes or until translucent, add garlic and chicken livers. Sauté until chicken livers are browned, then add red peppers and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir, add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings, oregano, bay leaves and lemon juice.

 

Cook for 2 minutes, stirring until all the flavours are combined. Add heavy cream and simmer for 5-10 minutes, being careful not to overcook the chicken livers. I usually test one by cutting it open and it should still be just slightly pink in the middle. Pour brandy into the pan, sprinkle with parsley and serve with crusty bread.

 

Source: thedaleyplate.com

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Parents raise their opinions about schools reopening

Parents raise their opinions about schools reopening

The announcement of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshega that schools are set to reopen on June 1 has been met with mixed reactions from parents.

 

Some parents are positive about their children returning, and some are clearly concerned about the safety measures in place at the schools.

 

Here are some reactions from the parents according to the Sunday Independent.

Nono Likhoeli said rushing her 8-year-old daughter back to school while Covid-19 infections are increasing daily would be irresponsible.

 

“The virus supposedly thrives in winter, so why reopen schools at the beginning of one of the coldest months of the year?” she asked.

 

“I also understand that we’ve never dealt with anything of this magnitude, so the schools can’t possibly be prepared either.” While admitting to being frustrated with home-schooling her daughter, who is in Grade 2, Likhoeli said she’d rather continue with it than send her back to school next month.

 

“I’d need to know how well prepared her school is and that will require a meeting with the principal, teachers and other parents to find out what measures the school has put in place. There are 36 learners in a class. I’m worried about how social distancing will be applied to 36,  8-year-olds.”she added

 

Fathers Doctor Khumalo and Sinaye Mdaka said their children would not be going back to school this year while the country battled the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

“It’s one of those tough decisions, but I guess she will have to lose this academic year because I won’t sacrifice my child for the sake of a government’s pilot project,” said Khumalo, while Mdaka suggested that classrooms should rather be converted into quarantine wards and only be reopened for schooling next year.

 

“I will not take the gamble. At my daughter’s age, there won’t be any social distancing among her peers and I believe that they will also share food and masks, leading to infections spreading fast among them. Children can make up for a missed grade,” added Mdaka.

 

However, some parents said they were ready for their children to return to school and continue with this year’s curriculum.

Jane Peterson, a mother of twins from Joburg North, believes her sons, who are in Grade 10, will return to school.

 

“I have no intentions of home-schooling the twins and, although the school has offered some support, I really think they need to return to school.Proper measures have been put in place and I believe every parent has done their best to educate their little ones. Life has to go back to normal some day,” she said.

 

Themba Gasela, a father of two from Joburg, was confident that his children, who are in Grade 7 and Grade 5, have nothing to fear.

 

“My belief is that this virus has been blown way out of proportion.Sure, there are many fatalities across the world with the number sitting at over 300 000, but when you consider that over 200 000 people die daily from various causes, then you get a sense of why I say it’s exaggerated.”

 

Also, he said data was available to show that Covid-19 fatalities were largely among the elderly and sickly.

 

“It is because of these reasons that I am okay with sending my children back to school.The worldwide media focus on this virus is what causes the fear, but in truth less than 5% of infections end up in death.” He added

 

Phyllis Ramafoko’s main worry is whether the backlog will be covered with the same professionalism and care.

 

“I don’t mind their return. I just need to make sure she has her sanitisers and mask at all times when she leaves home and if each class will have its own protective equipment, like how it’s done in shops.

 

“I am confident that classes can resume and be back to normal,” said the mother of a Grade 11 pupil.

 

Source: IOL, Sunday Independent

Essential Workers

The Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa

The Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa has urged citizens not to ignore serious health problems in fear of contracting the Coronavirus.  Although South Africans were cautioned about unnecessary trips to the emergency room at the beginning of the pandemic when hospitals and other facilities were in the preparation phase, the intention never was for people to stay at home while they urgently need medical care.  Since lockdown begun, hospital environments have been prepared and equipped to handle both Coronavirus cases, and unrelated cases.  Special attention was given to ensuring that hospitals are safe for individuals with an increased risk of infection with the Covid-19 virus.  As long as the correct procedures, stringent personal hygiene, and all sanitation protocols are strictly followed, patients will be in no more danger than when they go to a supermarket.

 

Another possible deterrent for patients is the PPE’s (Personal Protective Gear) worn by all staff at a medical facility.  It is imperative to realise that this is first and foremost for the protection of the patients.  You are required to wear a mask when you leave your home, and you will be required to wear a mask if you go to a hospital.  You will be required to disinfect your hands when you enter the facility, which is not something new.  Evidence from around the world have shown that people stay at home when they should be going to the emergency room.  This is very dangerous and possibly fatal, as the help required can only be administered by medical professionals,  Ignoring severe pain or other unusual symptoms that would normally have prompted a visit to the nearest emergency room, will make you sicker.

 

If you or somebody in your family are suffering chest pain, any signs of a stroke, severe or unusual pain, problems with diabetes or any other medical condition that you are concerned about, you must go to the nearest emergency room and allow medical professionals to help you.  Your risk of contracting the virus at a hospital emergency room is extremely low, whereas the risk of serious complications by ignoring symptoms is very high.

 

The EMSSA is pleading with South Africans to take care of their health.

 

“Come into hospital if you need to and we will take care of you and your family.”

 

 

Are you having a MEDICAL EMERGENCY?

 

Go to the Emergency Department!

 

If you think that you are having a heart attack, a stroke, complications related to diabetes, your child is ill or any other medical problem…

 

DO NOT WAIT!!! Go to the HOSPITAL!  Go to the EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT!

Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge

Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge

Ingredients

2 and 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk, divided

1 and 1/2 cups white chocolate baking chips

1 teaspoon peppermint extract (or more, go by your taste preference)

2 drops green food coloring

1 teaspoon canola or vegetable oil

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and/or Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips

 

Instructions

Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. Spray paper with non-stick spray and set aside.

 

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt 1.5 cups chocolate chips with 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk,

stirring occasionally. Spread melted chocolate mixture into pan and chill for 5-10 minutes.

 

In another saucepan, melt white baking chips and remaining condensed milk, stirring until completely smooth. Remove from the heat and add peppermint extract and food coloring.

Spread mint layer over chilled chocolate layer. Chill for 5-10 minutes as you make the final layer.

 

Melt remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1 tsp oil in the microwave in 30 second increments. Stir until completely smooth. Spread over chilled mint layer. Top with mini chocolate chips and/or Andes baking chips.

 

Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until fudge is completely set (could take up to 4 hours).

Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to two weeks.

 

Source: Pinterest

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Comair confirms options for holders of unused reservations

Comair confirms options for holders of unused reservations

Comair confirms options for holders of unused reservations: Johannesburg, 22 May 2020; Comair and its business rescue practitioners have confirmed the options for customers, companies and travel agents or groups holding unused reservations.

 

Persons who have purchased a kulula.com or British Airways (operated by Comair) flight ticket for a departure between 14 March and 31 October 2020 with a ticket number starting with 161, should complete and submit the Customer Election Form available on https://www.comair.co.za/business-rescue, by 17 June 2020.

 

Persons who have directly purchased their ticket from Comair channels, will have the following options:

  • Keep the value of the un-flown flight booking, such that the value remains valid until 31 October 2021 and can be used to make a future booking with Comair, subject to availability and difference in rates, fares and/or taxes.
  • Become a creditor, such that a claim for the value of the un-flown flight will be dealt with in terms of the business rescue plan, if approved. That is, as a creditor of the Company these persons will enjoy the same rights as set out in section D of the Notice to Affected Parties, in terms of Section 129 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008, available under the Statutory Notices section of the website. More information about what this means can be found https://www.comair.co.za/business-rescue
  • Forfeit the value of the ticket, such that any claim for un-flown fights is abandoned.

 

Where no election is received by the 17th of June, the value of the booking will remain valid until 31 October 2021 and can be used to make a future flight booking with Comair, subject to availability and difference in rates, fares and/or taxes.

 

Persons who have purchased a kulula.com or British Airways (operated by Comair) ticket for a departure between 14 March and 31 October 2020 from a third party (i.e. a ticket which does NOT start with 161) should direct their queries to the travel agent, British Airways or the airline partner from whom the ticket was initially booked. A list of contact details for Comair’s travel and airline partners is available on the Company’s website; https://www.comair.co.za/business-rescue.

 

Where an Emirates, Qantas or British Airways International ticket or a hotel booking was purchased with Vitality or a hotel booking with or without extras (such as airport transfers and experiences) was purchased on kulula.com, mtbeds or kulula Holidays, and any of these bookings were cancelled with a refund requested, customers should expect further communication in due course.

 

Visit www.comair.co.za for more information regarding the business rescue proceedings, including all statutory notices.

Save my Spot aims to help businesses

Save my Spot aims to help businesses

Save my Spot aims to help businesses: Save my Spot was born out of the realisation that without some cash flow, many restaurants, pubs, hotels, hairdressers and other locked-down businesses.

Which employ and uplift a great number of our people (not to mention fulfil an important social and cultural role in their communities) will be forced to shut their doors forever.

 

From favourite restaurants to borderline-essential hair salons to hotels with sentimental significance, not to mention your local pub, we all have places that are important to us, and all of them face great difficulty under the COVID 19 lockdown.

 

Save my Spot aims to ensure that the spots that are important to you, and the people they employ, will have the means to reopen when the time comes.

When you buy a Corona Coupon, you won’t just be getting a discount for your favourite hangout,

helping out a small business owner, and keeping others employed, you’ll also be contributing a portion of the

money you spend at Save my Spot to charities that help to uplift and empower South Africans and develop our nation.

 

It is a “pay-it-forward” type plan to provide services deferred into the post-Covid-19 future, which will secure the future for many.

 

How it works

The businesses listed on Save my Spot are facing some of the most difficult times in living memory.

Their cash flow has reduced to nearly nothing, if not totally ceased, and they find themselves unable to keep their loyal staff employed, and may not have the funds required to reopen, all while the wider South African society is also in dire need.

 

Save my Spot gives these small businesses a chance to offer their loyal customers a safe way to support them, while also contributing to worthy charities across the country.

 

Every time someone buys a Corona Coupon through Save my Spot, their contributions are shared between the business they elect to support, the charity of their choice and Save my Spot’s parent organisation, the Bathurst Development Trust (NPO No. NPO 237-594). A small percentage is also retained to pay the developers of Save my Spot.

 

You can visit Save My Spot by clicking on the link.

https://savemyspot.org.za/index.php?route=common/home

 

Sources: savemyspot/Goodthingsguy

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