Covid-19 hits South Africa

Eastern Cape health system buckles under strain

South Africa’s Covid-19 infection rate is racing to this coming week pass the 400,000 mark, while the health system in one of its provinces — the Eastern Cape Province — has collapsed. There are reports of patients lying on dirty, bloodied floors in the Province’s urban hospitals, while churches battle to feed the poor.

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Zindzi Mandela in 1985. On July 13, 2020 she died of Covid-19 © Anli Serfontein
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Hope Africa delivering food © Hope Africa, 2020

Poverty

Cape Town’s Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said the situation in the Eastern Cape was “devastating.” In his St. Thomas Day service on July 4, 2020 he said:

“The loss of income and jobs for people who were already struggling has highlighted anew the poverty that has continued to plague our society since the end of apartheid and the inequality that has only got worse. The poor have erupted into our sight.”

The Anglican Church has strong ties to the Eastern Cape, the diocese of Grahamstown was established in 1853. Dean Andrew Hunter of St. Michael and St. George Cathedral in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown said this week

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Food parcels being prepared ©Hope Africa
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Feeding scheme of Hope Africa in the Eastern Cape © Hope Africa 2020

South African journalist, author & filmmaker in Berlin. Writing on southern Africa, Germany, politics, culture, films, books, interfaith. www.serfontein.org

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