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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



Help Forum Reaching out

Help Forum Reaching out

During these uncertain times, it warms the heart to know that there are still organisations that stand together to ensure that the hungry are fed.

Three years ago the Help Forum was established, and today their worth is truly shining through. The Help Forum consists of sixteen organisations, including I48 and Tiaan Kotzé, ward 37 councillor, working together, serving families, the elderly and children in need.


Various organisations benefit from the Help Forum and their continued work to serve their community.  The charitable organisations include Tutela, Alberton Lions, Amcare, Ligstad, Happy Hearts, Alberton Victim Support, Lewensentrum and Doxa Deo, just to name a few.


In turn, the organisations distribute the food received to various sources in the whole of Alberton, Thokoza and Edenpark. For the various volunteers, social workers and auxiliary workers, it brings great joy to see the gratitude on the faces of those who benefit from their service.

The service provided by the Help Forum has also been met with gratitude by the organisations they support, as it affords them the opportunity to truly help those in need. This reminds us of a quote by Ronald Reagan;

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”


The forum also received a special donation from Nando’s South Africa.  The donation was handed out to the needy, poor and destitute by all the organisations, bringing a smile to the faces of many struggling Albertonians.

Help Forum Reaching out

Alberton Doctors are concerned about their patients’ health

Alberton Doctors are concerned about their patients’ health

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus in South Africa, and the absolute fear everyone is feeling about contracting the virus, people are avoiding visiting their local GP or Specialists.


Patients with underlying health issues who should have regular check-ups are now risking their own lives.


There have been numerous reports of patients who had heart attacks, strokes, brain aneurisms and subsequently died, which could have been avoided if they visited their GP in time.


The general consensus seem to be, that patients would rather phone for a script than going to the doctor, due to the anxiety they feel of being possibly infected with Covid-19.


An article by health status stated that some people will only go the doctor if they have an emergency or go to the emergency room. Studies have shown that the poor or uninsured often go for extended periods without the proper needed care. This is unfortunate as early detection of non-Covid-19 cases can save lives.

High Blood Pressure is another killer that can easily be treated with proper medication, but if left untreated could cause a heart attack or stroke. After infants, persons with underlying chronic medical conditions have the greatest need to visit the doctor.


Dr Antonie van Niekerk of the PulseMed Medical Practice told Tame Times, “We are extremely concerned that patients with chronic diseases are not being managed properly and are at a higher risk if they were to contract Covid-19. All precautions are taken at our practice to ensure patients are safe. All patients are screened telephonically before a consultation will be scheduled. This includes questions regarding possible symptoms of Covid-19 infection. All patients concerned about being infected with Covid-19 should phone their doctors’ rooms ahead of time and will likely be sent for an off-site swab. The test results will then be telephonically confirmed by your doctor.”


Dr Van Niekerk also added, “The following chronic patients should not cancel their scheduled appointments: diabetics, patients with hypertension, emphysema, cancer patients, TB, HiV/Aids or any patient with underlying health problems. We are also available for virtual consultations with patients, including those with potential psychological issues due to the immense stress of the lockdown. Many psychologists are also available online for those who are in dire need of help. ”


“Prevention is better than cure, “said Dr Van Niekerk


A  Tame Times reader shared their experience at The Ear & Eye Clinic in Meyersdal, Alberton to show that we are not in harm’s way when visiting a doctor.


“My mom had severe bleeding in her eye and subsequently had to undergo emergency surgery in March.  The operation was a success but due to the severity of the bleed and her nearly losing the eye we had to go back once a week. Even before the lockdown occurred, The Ear & Eye Clinic ensured the safety of all patients as a matter of vital importance. As you entered the clinic your temperature was taken, your hands sanitised, and you were provided with a sticker to show that you went through the screening process. All patients were seated far away from each other to avoid any unnecessary contact. As you enter the consultation room, once again, your hands were sanitised and all equipment thoroughly disinfected. We felt absolutely safe and so grateful for all the precautions they took. Thank you for taking such great care of my mother during this pandemic and lessening the stress factor of visiting your clinic.”


Sources: Dr van Niekerk, healthstatus

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Pick n pay logo

Pick n Pay launches their Feed the Nation Campaign.

Pick n Pay is partnering with customers to help communities in dire need for food.  The Feed the Nation campaign has already helped more than 1.2 million South Africans.


Communities are struggling to feed themselves due to loss of income.

Pick n Pay launched a relief fund to provide food and basic hygiene essentials to those who are most vulnerable under our lockdown.


How can you help?

You can either give a R21 donation either online or at an in-store till point. This small donation of R21 will provide those in need with a daily, healthy meal for a week.

Customers and companies can also buy food hampers, prices ranging from R250 – R800.

All cash donations will go straight to FoodForward SA and Joint Aid Management ( JAM) their main focus, feeding children and food for shelters.

They work with a variety of organisations in South Africa and feed more than 500 000 people daily.


Source: Daily Maverick

Farmers helping

Our farmers help communities in dire need for food.

Due to the decreasing food supplies & desperate calls for aid

farmers from across KwaZulu – Natal,

stepped in, to provide immediate help.


Farmers helping farmers

Farmers from Ixopo, Highflats, Kokstad, Mount Currie and Mooi Rivier all donated fresh and dry produce,

seedlings and milk to rural communities.

By partnering with local organisations, churches and municipalities, they were able to assist 4500 families.

The Kokstad Community Care Centre, the Kokstad Chamber of Commerce,

local ward Councillors and churches helped identify all the families in need.


There was an overwhelming response from the farmers as they donated 5000 bottles of milk,

cabbage, tomatoes, maize, potatoes, fruit and other fresh and dry produce.

These were all collected, packaged and delivered door to door.


“When we heard that spaza shops were not among the initial list of essential suppliers,

we knew our communities would suffer greatly and that we needed to help,”

said Bruce Alwood, Chairman on the Ixopo Farmers Association Trust.


For more information visit this website: www.kwanalu.co.za

Source: Good Guy Things

Photo Credit: Kwanalu

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