“It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. ~ Nelson Mandela
While writing this article, I wanted to provide an overview of the happenings of the past week in South Africa. I thought it would provide our readers with insight into our current situation by providing you with statistics of incidents, events and response of this rather unprecedented week. But while making contact with the various fire departments, metros, EMS stations and the National Disaster Management Centre, I realised that most importantly right now, we need solutions and sharing the happenings and statistics of the past week will make you just relive what you have just experienced.
The public is living in fear. I experienced this in my own community, with our shops being emptied by fear-buying actions and some of my friends breaking down. We are dealing with close family members who passed away from COVID-19, close family members and friends dealing with COVID-19 infections and symptoms, fear of being mob-attacked, fear of running out of supplies, fear of running out of basic services, fear of the unknown. Fear. What a terrible word, experience and feeling.
What were also exposed during this past week are the unifying actions of communities under attack. People of all age groups, cultures, backgrounds, religions, income groups, hair colour and shoe size, all standing together to safeguard their communities, streets, properties, businesses, homes and families. Although being called “vigilantes”, what other options were there?
Our emergency services and first responders are under so much pressure and cannot give in to fear, tiredness or anxiety. You respond to save lives. All lives. Irrelevant of the circumstances. We salute you! Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mandela Day 2021
Mandela Day is commemorated on 18 July every year. Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, whether it’s a small act of kindness, a donation to a worthy cause or giving your time to those in need. The theme for International Nelson Mandela Day 2021 is “One hand can feed another.”
The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. Since then, Mandela Day has encouraged a movement of people across the globe, seeing each person dedicate 67 minutes of their time to collectively make a difference through volunteering, donations and community service. The idea is to give at least 67 minutes of your time on this day.
Let us make a difference by being the change. Change starts with you and me.
COVID-19 Resources page
The FRI COVID-19 Resources page is updated regularly for the benefit of our readers, providing you with all relevant information available on a single platform, saving you the time of searching for documents and links.
Quote of the week
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” ~ Nelson Mandela
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