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News: SA women launch warning system to detect GBV hotspots

Safe Space is a female run and owned Non-Profit Company that aims to fight Gender Based Violence through social awareness generated through user-based incident reporting.

As professionals who have worked with, and been survivors of Gender Based Violence, Founding directors Nakita Naee’lah Dellwaria and Chloe Homer are passionate about creating innovative, proactive solutions to the Gender Based Violence pandemic South Africa is facing.

Their newly built website will serve as an early warning system to prevent women and the LGBTIQA+ community from being in Gender Based Violence hot spots.

This platform can be used to access various resources in the fight against GBV, with updated shelter databases, emergency contact numbers, psychological resources, self-defense training, merchandise and so much more.

The official launch was on the 24th of August 2020, commemorating the death of Uyinene Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old woman who was raped and then bludgeoned to death with a scale in a Post Office in August 2019, a place she thought would be a safe enough space to be in.

“We at Safe Space endeavour to create Safe Spaces for all Women and members of the LGBTIQA+ community, in public spaces, in their homes and in their minds.”

Their Mission

To equip Womxn and the LGBTIQA+ community with a tool to help ensure their safety, because we understand that women and the LGBTIQA+ community are under threat everywhere they go.

GBV is prevalent across all races, ages, religions, cultures, or socio-economic standings. Soweto to Sandton, Greenpoint to Mitchells Plain.

Safe Space is a tool to be used Nationwide.

Visit their website here.

https://safespacersa.com

 

Covid-19

Ekurhuleni, Covid-19 hotspot of Gauteng

Ekurhuleni Covid-19 hotspot of Gauteng

Ramaphosa has detailed how a team of medical experts will monitor the progress of the 12 problematic districts and metros.

South Africa’s Coronavirus Hotspots include,

  • Tshwane
  • Johannesburg
  • Ekurhuleni
  • eThekwini
  • Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Buffalo City
  • Cape Town
  • West Coast
  • Overberg
  • Cape Winelands
  • Chris Hani District (Eastern Cape)
  • iLembe (KZN)

 

These coronavirus hotspot regions are now subject to the following interventions:

  • A hotspot is defined as an area that has more than five infected people per every 100 000 people, or where new infections are increasing at a fast pace.
  • SA ‘will have a differentiated approach’ to deal with those areas that have far higher levels of infection and transmission.
  • Specialist teams who assess the hot-spots will include epidemiologists, family practitioners, nurses, community health workers.
  • Each hot-spot will be linked to testing services, isolation facilities, quarantine facilities, treatment, hospital beds and contact tracing

 

According to IOL, Gauteng Premier David Makura announced that Ekurhuleni is the new Covid–19 hotspot in Gauteng.

 

Ekurhuleni has the second highest number of cases and deaths in the province after Johannesburg, said Makura

 

According to Makura’s presentation last week these are the reported cases.

 

  • Ekurhuleni North 1

(Kempton Park, Tembisa and OlifantsFontein) reported 171 cases

 

  • Ekurhuleni North 2

(Bedfordview, Boksburg and Edenvale)

reported 119 cases

 

  • Ekurhuleni South 1

(Alberton, Vosloorus and Germiston)

reported 106 cases

 

According to IOL, Gauteng Health Spokesperson Kwara Kekana said Ekurhuleni cases were a result of the economic activities happening in the area.

 

“As part of the economic corridor of Gauteng province, the district has many industries, airports and residential areas. It is a densely populated district.

The cumulative number of cases in the district ( recovered and active) were as a result of aggressive screening and testing in communities, door to door, clinics, hospitals, quarantine sites and in businesses and factories that were functioning in the past few months” she said.

 

South Africa’s coronavirus hotspots may be told to move back to level 4 or level 5.

 

“These hotspots will all be monitored, and should it be necessary, these parts of the country may revert to Level 4 or Level 5 if we see a risk of our health facilities being overwhelmed.

However, we’re also aiming to place areas where infections are low to Level 2, or even Level 1 at some point soon.”

Cyril Ramaphosa

 

Sources: IOL, thesouthafrican

Will SA

Will the South African Restaurant Industry survive the Covid-19 pandemic?

Thousands of restaurant workers are starving as they haven’t earned any money during the lockdown, said Wendy Alberts Head of the Restaurant Association of SA ( RASA).

 

She received this heart-breaking message from a waiter, “I am dying of hunger. I don’t even have money for salt. If you know of any food organisations, please add me. My kids are crying day and night.”

 

She has been overwhelmed with desperate messages from restaurants owners who are unable to provide for their hungry staff. Even with the latest phased in structure, restaurants remain closed.  The Covid-19 lockdown is crippling restaurants with no support from the government, the Unemployment Fund ( UIF), or landlords.

 

“We are the life of the streets, We are the music in the neighbourhood, we can’t even feed our people.”

 

Restaurants employ over 800 000 people and is a large employer of unskilled workers in South Africa. The restaurant industry acts as a starting point to assist unskilled workers to launch into new careers later on.

 

RASA has surveyed thousands of restaurants about their current financial position. The survey indicated that restaurants were facing closure.

 

Only 3% of the restaurants who took part in the survey received financial relief from banks in the form of loans, but none has received assistance from the UIF or rental discounts from landlords.

 

Some restaurants do not have working capital to reopen after the lockdown is over, with many of them drowning in debt and probably facing liquidation.

 

“It’s (the venue) of your first date, your birthday party and your anniversary. It’s also a meeting place for the signing of a deal. Restaurants are such a major component of life. Imagine suburbs like Parkhurst ( JHB), tourist hotspots such as Camps Bay and Umhlanga without restaurants?”

 

Source: businesslive

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