Take heed of local doctor’s warnings on rising Covid-19 cases in St Francis

Dr’s Jean Malan & Anina Ellis have issued the following warning and it makes sense, no matter your beliefs regarding this pandemic, that we *take heed and practice their suggestions for a few weeks.

2020, the year of Covid. This far our community has been fortunate. We have had a very low number of active cases and very little community spread, but now we may be running out of luck. We are unfortunately experiencing a definite increase in cases in the St Francis Bay area. The Eastern Cape is also experiencing a very large spike. This means that hospitals in our area are filled to capacity and we are experiencing difficulties in arranging admission for patients.

“Luck has a way of evaporating when you lean on it.” 
 Brandon Mull,

We do not have to “lean on luck”, we have a multitude of advantages that will assist this community in weathering the storm. We have the great outdoors and a very advanced level of ventilation, commonly referred to as “the wind”. All we need to add to this is an extreme dose of common sense and then we will remain lucky.

“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have. ” 
Anne Tyler

There are loads of things WE can do to slow down the rate of new infections that will help to  keep the rate of spread. If we act with sensibility, we will avoid the impact of a dumper of a second wave.

How do we act sensible?

Our prescription:

  • We use our access to the great outdoors. We open our windows, we embrace “al-fresco” dining. Japan’s government warns people about the Three C’s– Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings. This is a very sensible
  • We wear our masks, correctly.
  • We keep a safe distance from people (1.5m is advised). Maintaining a larger personal space is the new “HUGGING” – it shows respect & caring.

For the next few weeks, try to keep your contact pod or bubble small. Reconsider having that big braai or dinner party. Rather postpone it until conditions are safer. Stay informed and above all stay safe.

Dr’s Jean Malan & Anina Ellis

Click below for an interesting oversight on how this virus spreads


*To heed something is to listen to it, pay careful attention to it, or otherwise observe or acknowledge it in some way—and often to take action on it. 


3rd Round of over 1800 deliveries to commence week 11 May

Mrs Speelman spoke on behalf of a thankful community this morning. This was unexpected and renewed our belief and drive for this mission. We need to continue the food drive until at least the end of June 2020. To do so, we appeal for further donations.

The plan has worked well and all food parcel distributions are funnelled through one responsibly managed operation thus avoiding duplication.

One delivery of 250 food parcels costs R50 000. Each parcel contains sustenance ingredients such as maize meal, sugar, eggs, rice, soup packs, flour, milk, oil. They are distributed to the Sea Vista elderly, single women and children with no income and the most desperate firstly in each round and after 4 weeks of distribution now, the households can’t believe that they will receive a 3rd parcel soon. Some say they have never seen assistance at this scale. And the evidence is clear: everyone is calm, awaits their turn, are thankful without complaints and we haven’t seen any unruly behavior as experienced elsewhere in SA.

It’s important to note that there is a concise database of names and addresses to whom we have delivered. Before drawing conclusions when you hear from someone who says they aren’t on a list or have not received, please check with us.

As you can imagine, this is a large-scale operation, but is really making difference. Be part of it and please consider a donation, no matter how small:

Account Name: FOSSFAR
Standard Bank
Acc No 186512139
Humansdorp Branch (050015)
Please use reference: Food relief/Surname

We thank you in advance and will report back each step of the way



Renewed call for lockdown adherence as Covid-19 in Humansdorp increase

Covid-19A joint statement from Kouga Municipality, the Department of Health and Shoprite regarding the closure of the Humansdorp store on Friday.

With three more Covid-19 cases having been confirmed at Humansdorp this past week, a renewed call has gone out to residents to stay home to avoid contracting or spreading the Coronavirus.

“We started the week with five cases in Humansdorp. This has now increased to eight,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.

“All indications are that the first two patients were infected at a funeral in Port Elizabeth.

“The virus then spread through local contact, with the extra cases being identified by the Department of Health through contact tracing and the mass screening programme.”

He said the patients all resided in KwaNomzamo, where more than 9 500 residents were reached last week through the Department’s mass screening and testing campaign.

“Of concern is that one of the new patients is a security guard at Shoprite in Humansdorp,” he said.

He said the municipality had met with the management of Sarah Baartman District Health and Humansdorp Shoprite over the weekend to discuss strategies and interventions to mitigate the possible spread of the coronavirus. Sarah Baartman District Mayor Eunice Kekana and East Cape MPL Virginia Camealio-Benjamin were also present.

The Department of Health said they welcomed the swift closure of the shop and were satisfied that Shoprite had been implementing the necessary precautionary methods to minimise the potential spread of the virus.

They will be working with Shoprite to ensure all employees and contract staff are tested.

Shoprite said in a statement that the shop would be sanitised and deep cleansed before re-opening. This will be done in consultation with the Department of Health.

“An employee screening programme, supported by the company’s mobile clinic, has been put in place and those staff members who had close contact with the infected person are now self-quarantining for 14 days.”

Hendricks said the rise in cases emphasized how important it was for all residents, not just those from Humansdorp, to stay home.

He said the Joint Operations Committee (JOC) would be meeting daily to coordinate all anti-Covid-19 efforts in Humansdorp.

According to the Department of a Health, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Kouga is nine – the first in St Francis Bay, followed by eight in Humansdorp.

PRESS RELEASE: – Kouga Municipality, Media Liaison Officer