The Jap Cape is devastated as Covid 19 infections improve in South Africa

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When South Africa passed the 300,000 Covid-19 infection rate this week, the Eastern Cape province's health system collapsed and the Southern Africa Anglican Church of South Africa's social development program says there are no resources left to protect vulnerable people to help communities that need help.

Hope Africa CEO Canon Delene Mark said on Wednesday: “Our biggest challenge is that we as a church do not have enough funds to meet all needs. The distances are great and much of the area is rural. We have run out of money to continue sending food vouchers. The churches have also said that there is less food available to continue feeding during the pandemic. "

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The country's economic heartland, Gauteng Province, is the current hotspot for Covid-19 and has more than a third of the country's infections. In the rural Eastern Cape, however, where there was a lack of water, food, housing and basic infrastructure as well as a high unemployment rate and widespread corruption before the pandemic, the health system has collapsed.

Two weeks ago, the dean of health sciences at Nelson Mandela University, Professor Lungile Pepeta, warned that a lack of nurses and doctors and the failure of a coordinated response from the health care system meant that the province was not prepared for a pandemic. The Archbishop of Cape Town, the most revered Thabo Makgoba, said the situation in the Eastern Cape was "devastating".

Hope Africa operates more than 20 municipal nutrition programs in the Eastern Cape, which feed around 35,000 people daily and provide 700 households with food vouchers.

The Anglican Church is closely linked to the Eastern Cape: the Makhanda Diocese, formerly Grahamstown, was founded in 1853. The Dean of St. Michael and St. George & # 39; s Cathedral, Makhanda, the very revered Andrew Hunter, said: "As soon as the Covid The Blocking began in March. In March we received requests for help from the wider community, and there was a phenomenal response to our cathedral's Covid Care Fund. “This allows the cathedral to distribute food vouchers and 530 food parcels every two weeks.

Hope Africa also supplies affected communities such as Sterkspruit and Makhanda with water. "Water is a problem because the government is short of water and taps often run dry," said Canon Mark. There have been reports of protests this week as anger in rural areas of the Eastern Cape increases for the failure of communities to provide clean, regular water during the pandemic.

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