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South African lock down: Co-vid19

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It’s been a Hella crazy week. Being part of leadership in an Essential Services organization is no childs play. But looking back at the week we’ve had. I am immensely grateful for the organisation I work with and have a huge sense of pride. I am grateful for the work that we do.

With that being said, to the many people who are part of the lockdown…please abide by the rules of the lock down. You cannot be allowing your kids to play on the road or make use of communal spaces…. It goes against the need for the lock down. People should not be walking aimlessly or having parties, group sessions of any sort or inviting families over just to chill. Work with our police force and SANDF. They are out here sacrificing just to stand at the front line of combating the spread of this virus. Remember, that is someone’s father, husband, bread winner, or son.

Practice your precaution when going out to buy essentials. Sanatize when you’re out. Prevent touching your face. Be as quick as possible. Write a list. When you get home, disinfect everything. Wash your clothes in hot water and Sanatizer. Air your home by opening windows.

I urge you guys to make this time we have count. Use your 21 days to rehabilitate. Get out of bad habits. Form good ones. We’re always complaining that we have no time. We’re complain that we don’t get time to relax or spend time with kids.

You have that opportunity. You are in control of how you view this lockdown and spend this time. You are in control of how you will inspire and influence your families through this lockdown. This really could be the mid-year break you’ve been looking for, a chance to reinforce bonds, get in touch with your inner Gordon Ramsy or Picasso. Excersise. Read books, watch movies, legit Netflix and chill. Cook your own food. Rest your mind. The minute virus has the world bowing to it. Pray, practice gratitude. And in this time our earth gets to rest too.

This is the time that we all have to come together and work together to combat the spread of the virus. We all have a moral obligation to practice discipline. Stick to the rules of the lockdown. It starts with us just doing what we need to do. Share the things or ideas of things you are doing with your family. Cheer on and celebrate those essential services employees. Spread love and light during this very dark time.

It is said our ignorance will kill us, and if people still choose to be so careless, we are doomed.

There is always beauty in the struggle.

Love and light from just an ordinary essential services employee.

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Co-vid19: SA – Divide and conquer successful

Divide and conqur.

Sigh, sadly that’s what’s happening with the whole co-vid19 pandemic, which to me is just Ludacris.

I’ve seen people go back and forth on social media re: the delay of the presidents address. Personally, I can imagine what a daunting task it must be; making decisions that jeopardize the health and safety of your people, their household income and the effects it will have on the economy. However, personally, if I knew I kept my people waiting previously, I would have consulted first and announced the address to the nation after. My view is premature in all fairness, as I do not know a thing of government processes work.

With that said, it really is besides the point. In a time like this, instead of dividing ourselves over something we have no control over (the president and his agendas) we should be coming to together just as strong as, or if not stronger than our opinions and look for ways forward that we all can come out of this or ways that we can help others less fortunate than us (be mindful or leaving things for other people to buy, address symptoms and get them checked, wash hands, social distancing ourselves (this is hard for me sjo but it is important) and spreading love and light).

When the outbreak initially occurred. I feared this would happen. We’re a developing country and countries ahead of us in technology, economy, leadership etc, couldn’t contain the virus. We called out DIRCO and the dept of health to find out why aren’t we educating people on this as much as we should, suggested the travel ban and begged for our SA citizens to be repatriated and after many arranged radio interviews, Facebook posts and emails… We fell short. It’s only now this is being taken seriously.

I do commend our government on the rapid response they’re now taking to #flattenthecurv however, part of me still feels its a very reactive approach by our country and WHO. Travel bans were supposed to be imposed then…. It would definately have not been this volatile. So yes, I do understand the frustration  of our people and the panic and fear.

So here’s what I think:

If people are posting things you don’t agree with, posting  false information or being ignorant and you decide to respond, respond by imparting knowledge and move on. The world needs all of our prayers, good vibes, positive energy and knowledge right now and it feels wasted if we’re going to bash people because either they don’t know any better or don’t agree with us.

We should be coming together as a nation and finding ways of combating this.

I’m also guilty of sometimes prematurely responding or not staying indoors all the time because most of these measures have been implemented by myself and my family from when my sister and her kids were facing this in China, months ago, and sometimes I feel I just need to get out. There is definately more I can do to play part in this, take a stronger stance on the social distantancing thing, create more awareness and educational posts and choose to be the light in these darks times.

Whether you believe this whole thing is a conspiracy theory, the devil at work, God testing us or God giving earth a break…we should be standing together.

That’s just my 2c on this.

Love and light always, from just an ordinary girl

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The Corona Virus and its domino effect

What’s on my mind?

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My sister, her two kids and the many South African citizens abroad in China and this Corona virus.

We can downplay this all we want. But it is an epademic. Why would China suddenly build two hospitals in a matter of days if it wasn’t?

The deaths are real. The infection is real. The risk of infection is real.
Death toll is now at 170. Infected cases are about 7000 plus and and suspected cases are about 12 000 plus. Numbers are multiplying daily.

I stay anxious. My parents are riddled with worry and stress. We are a family of faith and we do believe God is in control. But the human in us comes out to play and the stress and worry is us being human.

My dad is barely eating, sleeping or talking and stays glued to the news Channel. My mum, trying to be strong, panics the moment she’s unable to reach my sister and the kids.

The worry is real.

The heart sore thing about it all is that we have to deal alone. There is no support from our government at all. I would have expected that someone would reach out to people here and there and groups created to let us all know we’re in this together and to actually do something. If other governments are able to do it with the ban Impositions. It is very much possible. And if that’s not an option, atleast take accountability daily and touch base with our citizens abroad. It’s very much possible with social media.

Food is a concern. Yes supermarkets are open and have enough food. Getting there is the risk. There is one taxi that is dedicated and runs per community… This virus is airborne. So I will leave this here. You can figure out why people are wary of going.

The Corona virus is said to 10x worse than the SARS virus. Scientist believe it will only die down in May…

Be wary people. Take the necessary precautions from now.

Up that immune system and start sanatizing frequently. I wouldn’t want any one to feel the anxiety and worry that I and my family are experiencing and that my sister and the very many others abroad are.

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Corona virus : Are you prepared?

First post for the new year and it is on this note. But let’s make the most of it shall we?

Amidst the outbreak of the horrid Corona Virus, news agencies have been reporting daily about how this vicious virus is claiming so many lives and how rapidly it is infecting people. The point of the post is to spread awareness. So please read until the end and share it with someone you know.

I have a sister and two nieces who are abroad. They are based In Hubei, Wuhan; the city mostly affected by this virus. The city is on lock down. Nobody can enter or leave. You need a permit to drive In public. The city is literally quarantined. People are dying; falling whilst waiting to get seen to. Hospitals are packed to capacity. Healthcare workers, no no rather heros, are working around the clock to ensure they cure and see to as many people as they can. I feel like I’m writing a script to a movie.

No doubt that their safety is my biggest concern. But further to that, it is our safety. If Shanghai has declared a level 1 emergency on this (the highest level), why aren’t we seeing preventative posts here In South Africa? I mean people are constantly traveling to and from China. It kinda is no wonder though, when our government doesn’t even care much about its citizens abroad.

Latest stats

What’s even more alarming is that every other continent has recorded cases of infected people except us here in Africa… One case was earlier brought to light but no confirmation on whether it was the virus or not. Are there really no records or is something being hushed? I suppose that’s a conversation for another day. But something just doesn’t add up.

The point of this post though is to spread awareness though, so let’s get back to topic.

Keep your immune systems strong. You can do that by staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, eating more fresh fruits and veggies. You can take vitamin c supplements and other multi vitamins. Excersise often and just stay healthy.

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Another important part of this is hygiene. Sanatize all your belongings atleast twice a day. Use alcohol based hand Sanatizer. Keep it with you. If you go to gym, wipe those machines down and sanatize before and after. If you don’t have Sanatizer, you mix a cap of detol to 400mls of water and spray it over your belongings. Or even use ammonia based products such as bleach and or Domestos.

Spread this as it could help save someone’s life.

The Corona virus is said to be 10 times worse than the SARS virus and scientists estimate that it will only start dying down In May. May God keep all those abroad safe and keep their families here at home calm. Aameen

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Team All_things_nice Millennial Group (AMG) = hope personified.

Chapter one

The gist

Many South Africans “stood” in solidarity yesterday by wearing all black. This was a stand up against the brutal attacks on women and the xenophobic attacks that have escalated in past weeks.

I decided to stand with my fellow South Africans in, what I believe to be, a different way.

See, Maya Angelou once said that people will forget what you do for them but they will never forget how you make them feel… Or something along those lines. And I for one, agree with her.

So I set out on a task, which started out prematurely but ended in the most heartfelt, touching way.

Chapter two.

Filling in the gaps

Towards the end of July 2019 I applied to be a simulations Team leader. It’s basically a team leader coach to new people entering the business, in their training period. I was successful. People have always been my passion and I love making people smile and just helping out in general. Not blowing my own horn, but just giving you an idea of why I was so excited when I was awarded this opportunity.

What was daunting is that the group I was selected to help out with, is a Learnership group. Yeap millenials who are mostly fresh out of high school…

I’m sure you can understand why this was a teeny weeny bit nerve wrecking!

Fast forward a month and a half, a couple of coaching sessions, hilarious and sometimes inappropriate comments/encounters and unforgettable moments… These guys and girls have literally changed my life and have each earned a place in my heart.

The final chapter.

The lasting impact

Friday, the 06th of September 2019. I woke up and dressed in navy blue. I honestly forgot about the whole wear black escapade. Don’t judge me, it was a really rough week, with late nights, early mornings, minimal sleep and still thoughts of spending the weekend buried in text books and having to finish 11 assignments. So go easy on me now.

With all of the chaos happening around us; the negativity, anger and darkness our country seems to be in, I wanted to create a positive hub in our training room. The aim was purely to lift our spirits.

The thinking behind this task was to encourage these young girls and guys to always show gratitude, to focus on the positive and to always seek the silver lining; to see hope in adversity.

The task of the day was for each of them to write one thing that they like best about themselves and then to go around the room and tell each of their training buddies one thing that they like about them.

No lie, it started out funny. But believe me when I say that by the time we were done, it was one of the most fulfilling, heartfelt, sincere and memorable moments I’ve ever witnessed. I saw young kings show vulnerabilty and gratitude towards their fellow kings and watched them pour their inner most feelings out to the fellow queens in our training group. I saw young queens commend and speak life into their fellow queens and watched them uplift our young kings.

It was a beautiful and inspiring encounter. Ego, pride, shade, conspiracy, negativity, fakenicity (its a word, don’t ask further) had no place in that room. It didn’t exist. And boy was that refreshing.

The whole task was so authentic that I woke up inspired to write this post.

My Learnership guys have given me hope. Hope in our future. Hope in our young men and women. They aren’t just delinquent, entitled millenials. They are young, bright, sincere, real, talented and respectful beings.

I am super blessed to have encountered each and every one of them.

Team AMG. You guys rock awesome!

Love, light and cool vibes only… From just an ordinary simulations team leader.

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Is your positivity well drying up? Ask for help!

Whenever I have down days and my positivity well is drying up, I often pray and reach out for help.

You know the feeling when your mind is very busy and cant be calmed and your spirits are scraping the floor and you feel like you just tired of fighting and pushing through? When your head spins, heart aches and eyes tear? Or when you feel like every fibre in your body is being challenged? It’s at that moment that you can let it all consume you, or you can reach out and ask those around you to help you.

This morning I woke up feeling like what I’ve described above. I prayed and then asked the people on my contact list on what’sapp to share any motivational reads or content.

I instantly got responses with some beautiful reminders. Does it make it all go away? Durh no! But it challenges your mind to think about the message in front of you and in most cases, that message helps fill up your positivity well.

We were not meant to go through this journey of life alone.

So just remember, you’re never alone. Whilst there are some folk who are just horrible, there’s a ton of folk or are ever ready to help wherever they can.

Observation

The people who reached out to me this morning, I know personally. And all of them are fighting challenging battles. It’s a choice to just get out there and do and be better. That in its own inspired me so much.

Check out some of the responses I received below

I also received this video which is so inspiring

Please be sure to check out.

Love and light always, posted by just an ordinary girl.

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We Are One Festival: 4th edition loading…

Jacinta Media has done it again. The We Are One Festival is back for its 4th year.

The festival aims to unite people through sports, culture and entertainment and that objective has successfully been met over the past three years. This year’s festival promises to bring all that and more.

The festival is set to take place on the weekend of 15-16 June 2019 and is one you do not want to miss out on.

June 15th is the cultural walk, which starts at the Rydavale sports grounds in Phoenix and ends at the Princess Magogo stadium in Kwa Mashu. Be sure to register For FREE by clicking here

There after, you can cool off with some sport, music and entertainment! Check the line up below

June 16th, you can expect a blazing line-up of entertainment.

This year the festival is giving local and upcoming artists a chance to showcase their sauce. Together with sensations like Sjava, Holly Rey, Emtee, Sho Madjozi, Thee Legacy, DJ Happy Gal and many more local flames, this year’s festival will surely be one to go down in the books.

Get your tickets at CompuTicket now.

R100.00 gets you in and if you wanna be alil extra #wink. Upgrade and get your VIP ticket at just R250.00.

Check the line up below:

The June 16th We Are One Festival line up

Upcoming artists that will be performing

Last but certainly not the least and my favourite of them all, the Fun Fair #whoopwhoop.

Be sure to bring the kids or to bring out the kid you!

Add a pep in your step, get the wind blowing in your hair, Or, just get a real cute selfie with the carnival magic behind you 😁…

Entry to the funfair is again FREE. Just make sure the little ones are supervised.

With so much flavour and tons in store for you, me, dad and the kids. Let’s meet up and make it a youth / fathers day mash-up.

Visit the We Are One Festival Facebook page for more updates. Click here and be sure to show up so we can make it show down!

Love and carnival light always, from just an ordinary girl 💋

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Abandoned babies: My view. My rant. My input to implement change.

People have recently took to social media to voice their comments and concerns after a new born baby girl was rescued from a manhole in Newlands East, Durban.

You can read more about that here

Can I just commend the folk involved in rescuing this baby and the many other abandoned babies out there. And an even huger thank you to all the baby and kiddies homes out there. You guys are making a difference!

As always, majority of our community members used this opportunity to judge, belittle and curse the mother of this baby without knowing who abandoned the baby or what the mother’s situation was. I for one, felt for that baby. As a woman who has lost a kid and is looking to have my own soon, my heart bled for that little girl and I could somewhat understand the anger and frustration from everyone but till an extent.

For me, my heart bled even more for the mother of that baby. I kept thinking and wondering what space she must have been in to do something like that. I kept wondering how desperate she must have been in.

Personally, I know what difficult situations can do and the state they can sometimes leave you in… And not all of us deal with these difficulties or aftermaths in the same manner.

I mean I know God has a plan and part of me felt like he knew that he would protect that baby and so I couldn’t help but think that just maybe it all happened because this mum needs help.

*rant begins*

As women we often go through so much and yet it becomes so easy for us to tear someone else down without knowing their story. Imagine if that was your sister, niece, cousin or friend… and you knew nothing about what they were facing but came to hear of it after. Would you still judge as harshly as you are now?

As a community, our first reaction is to judge from behind a phone or keyboard. That’s one of our biggest problems; quick to vent and complain but not many put their hands up to actually change a situation.

We become vial and suddenly play the roles of being sinless or holier than thou. We forget that there may be things that we are not particularly proud of that we may have done, be it an affair, sex before marriage, gossiping, lying, stealing, drugging, murder etc etc…you can see where I’m going with this.

It is so important to know that opinions are just that and they never warrant us judging someone just because they sin differently to us, especially without knowing all the facts.

We fail to think that maybe this is an opportunity for us as a community to change and become more proactive. Look at the devil.

Maybe if this mom knew that her community would stand by her through what ever she was going through as opposed to knowing how we usually judge and so would judge her irrespective, or even knowing how she’d be blasted on social media(because that’s what we do) , just maybe the outcome would have been different.

We use our energy on prying on other people’s pain,… Maybe to prevent us from actually looking at ourselves and taking accountability for the wrongs we’ve done. You don’t call that justice. It’s actually pathetic. We complain about racism, sexism, terrorism but oppression towards people who make mistakes, or suffer from mental disorders or feel like they don’t have any other way out becomes okay…how messed up is that. And even if they are “whores” or whatever else one might call them… It is not our place to judge.

*rant ends*

I’d like for something positive to come out of this, even if it is just awareness.

WE know that there are alternatives to dumping unwanted kids… But for someone battling a mental illness or disorder or going through a difficult time… sometimes their judgment is clouded.

Can we circulate alternatives? Letting distressed mums to be or mums who feel they don’t have options, know that they actually do have options?

Mothers can leave their unwanted babies at a baby safe. There is an organization dedicated to making baby safes to prevent babies being abandoned. For more information or even if you’d like to sponsor, please click here or you can google The baby safe.

There are baby safes on the Bluff. In Amanzimtoti, PMB and Durban North.

Extracted from The baby safe website

And if you you are anywhere else in the country, the website has a list of baby safes in other provinces as well.

If you know of any other way, like Crisis Centre information or where people can find out more about family planning and contraceptives etc. Please comment below or share it on your social media platforms, in your community or even at your work place?

We need to take our community back and we are only as strong as our weakest link… Let that sink in.

Love and light always, from just an ordinary community member.

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Pinktober event: attended on behalf of SA Bloggers

On Saturday I had the amazing opportunity of attending the Al Ansaar Cancer Support Group’s 9th annual Chai day on behalf SA Bloggers

Read my review of the event by clicking here

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Gender equality: a social norm or still an issue?

I was asked to comment on this topic for Tabloid Media newspaper.

Take a read by clicking Here and scrolling to page 10 of 16.

I would love to have your views on gender equality and how it should be viewed in this day and age.

Love and light always!