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Western Cape community goes under quarantine
19 June 2021, 5:00 AM

A small, very rural town in the Matzikamma Municipality of the Western Cape is battling the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The entire town of Kliprand is under quarantine after around 10% of the population tested positive.

Cut off from the outside world, the local school principal is helping to coordinate efforts to bring relief in this dire situation.

Kliprand is a tiny rural community of around 250 people in the far northern corner of the Western Cape.  For 15 months, the 50 households managed to avoid the pandemic. But eventually COVID-19 found its way to the tiny community.

In a matter of a week, life went from peaceful to 30 infections and three deaths.  The entire town is now under lockdown as a desperate measure to prevent further spread.

Local Primary School Principal, Arrie Cloete, says: “We have limited resources at the moment and this make us, make it more difficult to cope with. So if there’s anyone outside who can help us, with any resources, anything, you’re welcome and our community members at the moment they are a bit scared because they do not know what will happen next.

They are scared about tomorrow because no one knows when tomorrow comes, we already have 3 fatal cases and our motto at the moment is stay safe and keep on going and I do hope we will overcome this pandemic through our saviour.”

Half of the households have positive cases:

It’s estimated that half the households have an active COVID-19 case under their roof.

Quarantine is proving difficult as people live in small RDP homes, while the nearest isolation facility is hundreds of kilometres away.

The nearest town is Vredendal – 150 kilometers away on a bad gravel road.  Reverend Pedro Oktober from the Uniting Reformed Church in Vredendal says they are trying to assist as best they can.

“The only shop there is closed, the soup kitchen is closed, the only Cape Agri cooperative is partly closed, all due of COVID, all of the 50 households are in isolation due to the outbreak of COVID, school is also closed, three persons died and will be buried this weekend.  The community is in dire need of food and water.”

Kliprand residents are appealing for help and can be reached via Facebook.

Reverend Oktober is also asking for prayers for the community as it navigates through what he describes as ‘its hour of darkness’.

Rooibos creative artwork promotes World Environmental Day
4 June 2021, 3:15 PM

The Rooibos industry has pledged its continued commitment to environmental and social sustainability in the lead-up to World Environmental Day on Saturday, 5 June, through a striking art installation at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.

Director of the SA Rooibos Council, Nicie Vorster, says more than two thousand cups, filled with various Rooibos tea blends have been carefully positioned to form a 40 cubic metre globe when viewed from above. “The artwork serves as a personal reminder to everyone to make a personal commitment to take better care of each other and our natural resources.  We’d like to invite everyone to go and view the artwork that will be on show at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort until 5 June.”

Vorster says they have made a provision for those who are not in Johannesburg to be able to see the artwork.

“Those who won’t be able to do that can catch a glimpse of the artwork on the SA Rooibos Council’s Facebook page.”

Chester Williams
Chester Williams to be laid to rest on Saturday
14 September 2019, 6:45 AM

Former Springbok and Western Cape rugby player, Chester Williams, will receive a special provincial official funeral on Saturday at the Newlands Rugby Stadium.

The national flag will also fly at half-mast in his honour from sunrise to sunset.

Chester Williams is best known for playing in the Springbok rugby team which won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.  For many years, he also played rugby for Western Province.

After he hung up his boots, he shaped the lives of many young players through the Chester Williams Rugby Foundation.

Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde says Williams’ contribution to sport and transformation in the country and in the province has been immense and for this reason, they made a request to the Presidency for a special provincial official funeral.

This request was agreed to by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the funeral service at Newlands Stadium.  Gates open at 10am and the service starts at noon.

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