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COVID-19

Recycling and sewage surveillance

Crime reported in May 2020

Housebreaking
Van Iddekinge Avenue x2

Theft of a motor vehicle
Duff Street

Theft from a motor vehicle
Benade Drive


Recycling in Fichardt Park

There have been many articles about recycling in Fichardt Park in our glossy magazine and the newsletter, and with recycling in our households we, as Fichardt Park residents, make a huge difference, to not only in reducing our carbon footprint, but also the environment and the conservation of our precious biodiversity.

Data kept since July 2015 shows the amount of recyclable material that would have gone to the landfill area to be 988359 kg = 988,359 tons until 31 May 2020 (only in Fichardt Park). The data includes those from supermarkets, the hospital, doctor’s rooms and pubs. Since the recycling takes place every second and last Saturday of a month between 09:00 and 11:00 at the parking lot of Pick ‘n Pay, next to the library (June 2018 to 31 May 2020), 23 711 kg of recyclable material were collected from households. The service provider sorts the material and then sells it to the local “Buy-back Centres”. The products are then sold to various recycling companies across South Africa.

From this, the following products are made:

Plastic: Most plastic we buy or see on packaging has a symbol on the plastic, which is a triangle arrow symbol with a number inside the triangle. The number represents the kind of plastic the item is made of. Each number represents the chemical composition of the plastic. The numbers from 1 to 7 will indicate the type of plastic. See below

Plastic 1. PET – Polyethylene terephthalate
This plastic is one of the most commonly used plastics used in food and beverage packaging. Most soft drinks and water bottles are made of PET plastic. The plastic is very popular with the informal recyclers (street pickers) because it has “good” value. It takes about 30,000 PET bottles to make 1 ton of recycled PET plastic. When it is processed, new bottles, fibre for duvets, coat linings, pillows, sleeping bags, and jeans are made. The green PET bottles are recycled as roof insulation, while brown PET bottles are again used for the production of “Plastiwood” which is used for making garden furniture, sofas and floors.

Plastic 2. HDPE – High-density polyethylene
It is a hard plastic used to manufacture of a variety of containers. It is commonly used for bottles of detergents, toiletries, cosmetics and toiletries.
When the plastic is recycled, it is used to make garbage bins, buckets, bottles for cleaning products, fence posts, pipes and plastic furniture.

Plastic 3. PVC – Polyvinyl chloride
This type of plastic is difficult to recycle and most Repurchase Centers do not accept it and, therefore, the type of plastic is phased out and PET is used as a substitute.

Plastic 4. LDPE – Low-density polyethylene
It is a soft plastic used for shopping bags, sails and squeeze bottles. When it is recycled, sails, soft containers and construction sails are produced.

Plastic 5. PP – Polypropylene
The plastic is used for making ice cream containers, straws, microwave plates and containers, kettles, garden furniture, food containers and bottle lids. The plastic is recycled for the production of laundry pegs, drums, pipes, funnels, car batteries and plastic trays.

Plastic 6. PS – Polystyrene
These are all polystyrene (Foamelite) products. It is used to produce containers for take away meals, clothes hangers and yogurt containers. When recycled, curtain rails, rules, seed containers and photo frames can be produced. The plastic is used more and more in the building industry as ceilings, etc.

Unfortunately, there are no recyclers in Bloemfontein who accept this plastic. Please do not put it in your recycling bin.

Plastic 7. Other
This type of plastic represents a variety of other plastic products. Some of the products are made from a variety of polymers that do not make it suitable for recycling in South Africa and must be added to the normal refuse stream. Please do not put it in your recycling bin.

Glass
Glass can be recycled infinitely. We only receive the following glass products: glass bottles such as cold drink bottles,beverages and kitchen bottles.

The following is not recycled: Ceramics, Light Bulbs & Neon Lights, Pottery, Mirror Glass, Window Glass, Drinking Glasses and Car Windshields.

Metal
Any metal can be recycled and the metal is melted again and used in metal products. Aluminum and copper are very valuable and, therefore, large-scale theft of the products is experienced in South Africa.

Electronic Waste (E-waste)
Electronic waste is any product that works with electricity or batteries. The following products are obtained from e-waste: plastics, metals, silver, gold, copper and bronze. All the medals made for the 2020 Olympics in Japan are made from e-waste. Unfortunately, COVID 19 hampered the Games.

On the second Saturday of September 2020, (12th) larger e-waste products, such as refrigerators, stoves, etc. will be collected. Smaller e-waste products, smaller than televisions and microwave ovens, is collected on every recycling Saturday.

Households are requested to bring their recycling materials every second and last Saturday between 9am and 11am to the parking area next to the library.

Please flatten plastic bottles and cardboard boxes to save space.
For any further information, please contact Duart Hugo or e-mail him on: 082 789 4615, duarthugo99@gmail.com

Duart Hugo


Sewage and COVID-19 testing

As of last week, South Africa’s COVID-19 testing capacity only stands at 22,400 per million. Although this number is higher than countries such as Brazil, which has a larger number of infections, it is still grossly insufficient. As of writing this article, we have only tested 1,567,084 people of a greater than 59 million population.  Thus, testing is a huge obstacle in combatting this virus. Additionally, according to the WHO, “80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic.” This means that a large percentage of individuals who spread the virus never get formally diagnosed – a problematic statistic for South Africa’s testing strategy, which relies on “identifying infected persons, isolating them, tracing their contacts, and isolating or quarantining those contacts” (theconversation.com). This is where sewage comes in.

Sewage Epidemiology

It has been known since the beginning of the year that COIVD-19 can be detected in fecal matter, and can, subsequently, be tested for in wastewater. This type of research was spearheaded in February by Dutch water research institute, KWR, and has since been demonstrated as successful in other European countries such as Spain. In April, the SA Business Water Chamber entered into an agreement with KWR to conduct a Proof of Concept here in South Africa and on 8 June, a South African laboratory successfully extracted COVID-19 RNA from samples collected just 4 days earlier. A major role player in this success was Prof Anthony Turton from the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State.

Sewage Surveillance

The ability to test wastewater for COVID-19 allows scientists to track the spread of the virus and to identify asymptomatic hotspots without testing millions of individuals. Wastewater testing thus acts as an early-warning system for possible outbreaks. Accuracy in this regard is ensured by doing regular sampling at the head of the sewerage works – before reaching the sewerage plant where treatment is done. Through this, scientists can trace the virus back to neighbourhoods that feed into the same system.

Keep the mask on and put the toilet lid down

The COVID-19 virus is mostly spread by droplets hanging in the air after coughing or sneezing. However, smaller aerosolized droplets may continue to hang in the air after the larger ones have fallen. This is not only true for oral transmission, but for fecal transmission as well. A study published earlier this month showed that transmission can occur when flushing the toilet by means of the aerosolization of the virus in the water. Through simulations, scientists showed that a “massive upward transport of virus particles is observed, with 40%–60% of particles reaching above the toilet seat, leading to large-scale virus spread” (Li, Wang and Chen: 2020).

Infrastructure maintenance

Failing municipal infrastructure maintenance and sewage overflow is a “slow onset disaster” according to Prof Turton. We, in Fichardt Park, know this all too well if you’ve ever been down Du Plooy Crescent, Van Rippen Crescent or Beddy Street. Therefore, preventative maintenance of our sewerage infrastructure is essential when it comes to a virus that can remain in stools for up to four days (not to mention all other diseases).

Therefore, to keep the neighbourhood and its residents healthy, Colin Povall from Drain Busters works on behalf of FNA members to conduct preventative maintenance in Fichardt Park every eight weeks.

On a final note, keep in mind, though, that transmission rates via toilet plume have not been well documented for COVID-19 specifically, only with other coronaviruses such as SARS. Moreover, regarding the virus in sewage overflow, Prof Turton states: “This does not mean that the virus is still infectious, although there is some mention of faecal-oral transmission in peer reviewed literature, at least of the SARS virus.” Nonetheless, sewage epidemiology and surveillance is an inexpensive means of mass COVID-19 testing that South Africa sorely needs.

Chanté van Biljon


Fichardt Park crime fight

We all need to live and work in a safe environment. In 2014, the Fichardt Park Neighbourhood Association launched our 100% Crime-Free Plan. This plan has grown so that we have service level agreements with 7 different security companies today. The cornerstone of this crime plan is Park Road police station’s Community Police Forum. This is where crime information is shared and patrols and roadblocks are planned.

It is precisely during these crime prevention patrols that it became clear that much can still be done to create our own crime-free environment. There are too many open gates and garages observed during these patrols. It is each resident’s responsibility to protect his property against crime. This includes movable property such as motor vehicles. Our residents can help by getting involved in our patrols.

Most crimes are committed throughout the day and are opportunistic crimes. Fichardt Park’s crime pattern clearly shows that where there is a lot of human movement there is a higher crime risk. Our malls, hospital and social venues are targeted by these opportunity criminals.

Patrols are the backbone of any good crime prevention plan. Our security team drives an average of 25,000 km of patrols per month. There has been a sharp decline in Fichardt Park’s crime rate since 2014. This is clear evidence that Fichardt Park Neighbourhood Association is doing everything in its power to secure Fichardt Park. Our security team is working on our dream every day to make Fichardt Park a 100% crime-free neighbourhood.

High risk areas currently:

  • Outside Rosepark Hospital: Theft of motor vehicles, theft from motor vehicles and the illegal parking of motor vehicles.
  • Pick ‘n Pay Southern Centre: Bank Card Theft.
  • Home burglaries: Homes that do not have active alarm systems are targeted.

Do not become part of the crime statistics! Take preventive action by:

  • Park vehicles in visible and controlled areas to prevent criminals from having an opportunity to commit their crime.
  • Be mindful when loading or unloading valuable items in your car to people watching you.
  • Store valuables (such as handbags and laptops) in the boot instead of on seats or where they can be seen with the naked eye.
  • Keep items that stand around and have value (such as bicycles, garden tools, electronic and mechanical devices) out of sight.
  • Be careful when using the ATM, do not allow anyone to assist or even see what is happening on the ATM.
  • Get a security company to improve visibility and safety at your home.
  • Ensure that all security measures are in place before resting (security gates, garages and windows).
  • Place lighting around the home, activate alarms.

What influences emergency response time in an emergency?

  • Traffic Conditions
  • Road rules to obey
  • Weather conditions
  • Communication between the client, the control room and the reaction officer.

Malcolm Mostert


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Tips and tricks for lockdown

What to expect on level 3 of COVID-19 lockdown

The country moves into level 3 of the lockdown and here’s a list of some of the do’s and don’ts.

Everything on this list must adhere to health protocols.

Allowed:

  • Wholesale and retail stores
  • All clothing sales
  • All appliance sales
  • Sale of alcohol from Monday to Thursday between 9:00 and 17:00
  • Online sale of alcohol and delivery only from Monday to Thursday between 9:00 and 17:00
  • Domestic air travel for work purposes (permit/letter from employer required)
  • Funerals limited to 50 people
  • Church services limited to 50 people
  • Return of domestic workers
  • Exercising between 6:00 and 18:00
  • Return to school for grades 7 and 12 (subject to change)
  • Drive-through and pick-up services

Not allowed:

  • Movement across provincial, district and metro boundaries or declared coronavirus hotspots (permit required)
  • Sale of tobacco products
  • Social gatherings (including visiting friends and family)
  • Opening of gyms and sports clubs
  • Opening of shebeens, bars, nightclubs, cinemas and theatres
  • On-site consumption of alcohol (home consumption only)
  • Conferences
  • Opening of hair, nail and beauty salons
  • Access to beaches or parks
  • Opening of guesthouses, hotels and casinos

All citizens are still required to wear masks/cloth coverings in public spaces, practice social distancing and follow other health protocols.

Here’s the full list.


Mental health during COVID-19 isolation

Isolation can take an immense toll on your psyche; add on top of that, bills, loss of income and fear for your health, and the COVID-19 lockdown can bring you to the brink of mental meltdown. It goes without saying that those with mental illnesses should take extra care, however, those who consider themselves mentally healthy should not ignore or downplay signs and symptoms of acute depression and anxiety.

These may include the following:

  • Low mood
  • Insomnia
  • Sleeping too much
  • Nightmares
  • Unwanted memories
  • Dry mouth
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Panic attacks
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased appetite
  • Not enjoying activities that you enjoyed before

For those who do suffer from mental illness, Prof Renata Schoeman, board member of the Psychiatry Management Group (PsychMG) has advised that it is vital to remain well and stable by keeping up with treatment and avoiding the need for hospitalisation when healthcare resources are already stretched by the impact of COVID-19. This is not only to limit possible exposure to the coronavirus if patients need to be hospitalised for a psychiatric condition, but also because medications such as mood stabilisers and anti-psychotics “cannot easily, if at all, be continued should they require admission to ICU and especially should they require ventilation.”

CIPLA advises:

  • Maintain a daily routine.
  • Restrict media and social media coverage to prevent it from becoming too overwhelming. Only obtain information from credible news sources.
  • Acknowledge your feelings and focus on things you can control.
  • Find things to keep you busy (whether it’s constructive or creative) to help lift your mood.
  • Stay connected with your loved ones via technology.
  • If you’re on medication, remember to take it as prescribed.

Telehealth services:

  • South African Depression Anxiety Group (SADAG): 0800 21 22 23 / 0800 70 80 90. SADAG WhatsApp support (9 am-4 pm): 076 882 2775 / or SMS 31393 or 32312 and a counsellor will call you back.
  • Lifeline South Africa: 0861 322 322
  • Department of Health: 060 012 3456 (WhatsApp “hi” for access to comprehensive COVID-19 information).
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases toll-free COVID-19 hotline: 0800 0299 299

Online interventions:

Everyone OK is a Belgium website designed for improving mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown. It is a thorough and comprehensive exercise in determining and addressing mental health for adults and children. https://www.everyoneok.be/

Mental health is essential and, thus, all psychiatric facilities and practitioners are accessible at all lockdown levels.


Tips and tricks for home schooling during lockdown

Most students will not be returning to school on 1 June, which means that parents and guardians are heading into their third month of home schooling. Parents were thrust into the role of teacher without much time for preparations or even the necessary resources for the demanding task. Moreover, the obstacles are even greater for parents who are considered essential workers and cannot stay home to help with schoolwork. I spoke to a few parents and educators to get their views on the current predicament.

Parents

From speaking to parents, it has become clear that high school learners are able to work more independently that primary school learners. However, this does not mean that high school learners don’t need help from a parent every now and then.

Understanding the work

The first problem parents face is the know-how to help their children, even those in primary school who have objectively easier work but need more parental assistance. The is especially true when it comes to subjects that require understanding (instead of remembering) and there are a few ways parents approach this. Some parents attempt to apply their existing knowledge of the subject and try to figure out what is to be understood. Others scour their children’s textbooks to attain a better understanding themselves and look for examples to help their children. Furthermore, parents have realized that Google is their friend and almost any explanation or tutorial can be found through a Google or YouTube search. However, when all else fails, there are other methods parents turn to. These include directly contacting teachers and making use of tutors via Zoom or Skype.

Routine

Many parents have echoed that routine is the key to success. This means getting children out of bed in the morning, requiring them to jump out of their pyjamas and get started on the work they were sent for the day or week. Depending on the school, work either gets sent through on Mondays (a week’s worth) or on a daily basis between 8:00 and 12:00. For those waiting for work to be sent, they prefer to start their ‘school day’ in the early afternoon when school would typically have ended. For other parents, their preference is getting their children out of bed at about 9:00 and letting them do their work for the day for a few hours. Parent typically don’t expect their children to work more than an hour on one subject.

Parents who have to work during the day have their own challenges. They need to heavily rely on their children having the discipline to carry out their own routine. These parents address this by phoning their children during the day and doing revision with their children when they get home.

Internet access

School work has to be access online either on a PC or smartphone. Teachers send though documents and videos for children to use to get their work done. This often poses a problem for households who do not have unlimited data, making daily tasks quite expensive. There is no quick-fix for this but educators do have suggestions.

Teachers

Teachers are very understanding when it comes to the various troubles parents face during this time. Those I have spoken to have given very valuable advice.

  1. Routine is essential. For those parents who struggle with setting up a workable routine or for learners overwhelmed with where to start with their work, it has been suggested that learners follow their regular school timetable to determine which subjects to work on.
  2. Cooperation between parent and child is important. For peak productivity, a routine that works for everyone needs to be worked out; parents should communicate with their children and vice versa.
  3. Remove all distractions (with the exception of the technology the child needs to work) and provided a neat and dedicated workspace for children.
  4. Communicate with teachers if you feel you don’t have the resources to complete the necessary work. Teachers have great compassion and are willing to give alternative methods to continue learning. These often include simply following the work in the textbook as set out at the beginning of the year/semester. Children can WhatsApp with friends if they need assistance that a parent cannot provide and if work cannot be completed at all, it’s advised that children read. Reading with comprehension is a skill that is sorely lacking in schools and developing that skill during this time is invaluable.
  5. The government and internet/network service providers have made various resources available which include YouTube videos, TV programmes, radio stations and zero-rated (no data required) websites. Find all information here.
  6. The most important advice is not to stress. Teachers understand the issues learners face and when they return to school, extensive recapping will be done.

On a final note, children might not show it or want to talk about it but physical distancing from friends, social activities and lack of play with friends can all take a toll despite virtual interactions. Here are some things parents can do:

  1. Talk to them about what’s going on. Find out how they’re feeling and what they’re thinking about. Let them know it’s okay to feel scared or unsure and try to answer their questions and reassure them in an age appropriate manner. Remember, you do not need to know all the answers but talking things through can help them feel calmer.
  2. Help them to reflect on how they’re feeling and encourage them to think about the things they can do to make them feel safer and less worried.
  3. Reassure them that this will pass, you’re there for them and you will get through this together.
  4. Spend time doing a positive activity with your child (such as reading, playing, painting or cooking) to help reassure them and reduce their anxiety. This is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns, without having a ‘big chat’.
  5. Keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.
  6. Parents should also encourage their children to exercise.

Please visit the Department of Education website. It offers some great advice and resources.

Chanté van Biljon 


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Our lockdown response and meeting another member of our community

Crime reported in March 2020

Housebreaks (residential)
Benade Drive
Van der Linde Street
Willie du Plessis Road
Amie Pretorius Road

Housebreaks (businesses)
Usmar Street
George Smetham Street

Theft from motor vehicles
Gustav Crescent

Theft of motor vehicles
Benade Drive


What we did in 35 days of lockdown

During this challenging COVID-19 pandemic, our FNA structure that we built over the last 10 years, served us well. Our security managers gave us peace of mind during this lockdown. We thank Vicus, Malcolm, Marius and Jeandré for attending to 81 cases, including assistance with two medical emergencies.

The FNA did preventative maintenance on problematic sewer systems in Fichardt Park. The following streets were serviced: Du Plooy Crescent, Fonternel Street, Van Rippen Crescent, Benade Drive and Stollreither Street. We extend our gratitude to Drain Busters for providing this service.

On 6th April the FNA removed twelve loads of illegally dumped waste in Fichardt Park. Thank you to Waste Retrievers who assisted the FNA with this task.

The FNA, in co-operation with Ryan Hamaty from Saverite, are reaching out to the community in Fichardt Park during the lockdown period. We’ve put together a R250 food hamper and request residents to contribute to this important initiative which was launched on the 25th of April 2020.  We have started to distribute these food hampers amongst the people in Fichardt Park who are in need of essential goods. For more information, visit our Facebook page

Those who received love are invincible.

Thank you for your continuous support.

Fichardt Park is a place to be!

Jacques Meiring



COVID-19: a look into the future (opinion piece)

As we enter level four of the COVID-19 lockdown, we are not much closer to a cure or vaccine. There is a lot of false information in circulation and people are getting desperate. There is both fear and frustration in the air and maybe a bit of despair for the dream of a return to normalcy becomes ever dimmer. However, this article is not about cabin fever, poverty, economic ruin and death but rather about what we’ve gained and learned as we head into the next phase of lockdown.

Our leaders

Citizens of the world have become heavily reliant on their leaders for guidance and reassurance during this time, and South Africa is no exception. Our government reacted quicker that other countries after the first reported case – this showed that our president puts citizen’s lives above the economy and, in large part, continues to do so.

Where many have despaired in the past about our government’s incompetency in service delivery, corruption, crime, poverty and homelessness, the government’s actions during this crisis paint a different picture. For example, municipalities across the country have shown that they have the ability to house thousands of homeless people within 21 days – either by constructing or identifying shelters. According to the Daily Maverick “Lesufi (Gauteng acting social development MEC) said it would be “a miscarriage of justice” if people were put back onto the streets after the lockdown.” An attitude sorely absent from public rhetoric about the homeless in past years.

Positive impact on the economy

Things are looking pretty bleak for our economy because of the lockdown. Many of you will not be receiving a salary this May and the new three-phase economic response might not instil any immediate feelings of relief. However, the lockdown has presented an opportunity to restructure our economy as a whole – but this is not all. An organic boost to the economy has come to the foreground – the technology industry.

Technological innovation and development have been forced to accelerate due to the nature of the COVID-19 crisis. Virtual service delivery and tools, such as online medical consults and online learning, are now in great demand and as a result, various industries have needed to develop and employ this technology earlier than expected. In the long run, this means job creation. In February of this year, before a state of disaster was even a thought, SADA (South Africa in the Digital Age initiative) estimated that 500,000 new jobs in the tech-industry will be created over the next 10 years. This timeline might be accelerating; we might soon be seeing a larger tech work force that does not exclude low-skilled labourers (a general misconception). 

The new normal

I think we’ve learned that people in general have a greater capacity for kindness and compassion for their fellow citizens than previously thought. Communities have come together regardless of race or religion to help those in need and gang leaders have even called truces to provide support to their communities. All violent crimes have dropped; crimes such as murder and rape have dropped between 70-90%. Police Minister Bheki Cele attributes this, in large part, to higher police visibility, the ban on alcohol sales and a drastic decrease in the distribution of illegal substances. This is not the new normal but it shows our potential. Additionally, we’ve learned that working from home for some is not impossible and this greatly benefits our planet. We’ve gained some perspective on the plight of others in our community. We’ve been forced out of the daily hustle and bustle and gained a lot of time for introspection. Moreover, we’ve become conscious of things and people we’ve taken for granted.

It’s easy to get caught up in conspiracy theories, the words of doomsayers, the struggles of the here and now, and the fear of the future’s worst-case scenario. However, sooner than you think, we’ll be hugging and shaking hands again and thinking back on that time the whole world was on lockdown.

Chanté van Biljon



Member profile: Palesa Ranchobe

FNA members are our foundation; they allow us to ensure the safety of our neighbourhood, keep our streets and parks clean, and assist those in need. Therefore, we love to share their stories with our community.

Meet Palesa Ranchobe. She’s a wife, mother and aspiring fashion designer. In 2018, Palesa started at Bloemfontein Fashion Academy. She enjoys designing clothing for women and children, especially for her daughter. Furthermore, she has a taste for colour and pattern.

The FNA wishes her all the luck in the pursuit of her passion.


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FICH-Mark 2020 and how to stay safe during a pandemic

Crime reported in February 2020

Housebreaking
Theunissen Crescent
Tennant Crescent
Steenkamp Street (x2)
Benade Drive (x2)
Castelyn Drive
Amie Pretorius Street (x2)
Tainton Street
Stock Crescent

Theft out of/of motor vehicles
Hanna Road
Reeler Street

Theft
Benade Drive


How illegal dumping is costing you money

Illegal dumping occurs in several ways. Some examples include (i) dumping household waste or garden rubbish on nearby traffic islands or in parks, and (ii) dumping construction waste in public spaces.

Why is illegal dumping a problem?

Illegal dumping is a huge problem within Fichardt Park and it impacts on the following: Run-off rainwater: illegal dumping can impede the natural run-off of water during heavy rain or storms, thereby potentially causing flash flooding.

  • Aesthetics: illegally dumped garbage is a horrible eyesore in an otherwise beautiful Fichardt Park.
  • Plants and wildlife: illegal dumping can adversely affect many native species of plants and animals, causing health complications and even death.
  • Safety and health: if garbage is dumped in an area accessible to the public and especially to our children – such as our parks – we are then exposed to health and injury risks.

How does illegal dumping affect you?

The FNA can keep the neighbourhood clean and safe because of your membership fees. This year alone, we cleaned up over 100 loads of illegal dumping – costing thousands of rand. This is also very time consuming, thereby shifting the focus of your security team.

What can you do?

  • Please Report illegal dumping at our 24-hour emergency number: 076 277 3022
  • When you spot an act of illegal dumping, gather descriptive information of the perpetrator and take photos of the act, including the number plate of the perpetrator’s vehicle.
  • If you are busy with construction on your property and have construction waste on your sidewalk, please remove within 7 days.
  • When putting out your weekly trash, remember to only put out domestic waste – no garden waste.
  • Do not put your trash on traffic islands (this is prevalent in Castelyn Drive, Benade Drive, Olive Grinter Drive and Eric Rosendorf Drive).


FICH-Mark 2020

Fichardtpark Neighbourhood Association once again achieved a milestone in their existence when we launched our own market on February 28, 2020.

Everything was made possible by the talented residents of Bloemfontein.

The main purpose of this market is to foster financial independence, especially in the current economic conditions in which the country finds itself. Another decisive factor was to give exposure to people with talent, as well as businesses operating from home.

Many months of planning by a formidable management team led to the phenomenal success that exceeded our highest expectations! Without the help of our Chairman, Kobus Olivier, and office manager, Jacques Meiring, assisted by the Fichardtpark NG church’s winning team, the same degree of success would not have been achieved.

Stalls with various products ranged from leather goods, clothing, shoes, woodwork, water storage tanks, crafts, delicious pastries, beauty products, plants and food stalls, of course, got the biggest attention!

The bouncy castles sponsored by Bloemsec entertained children so that the family could relax in the safety of our neighborhood.

Radio Rosestad, with Johan Gunter, provided great entertainment and continuous commentary and we are very grateful for the exposure they gave us through radio interviews where Susan van Eck, our administrative lady, spoke about the activities of the market.

Stellar breweries contributed to the friendly atmosphere, because what is a successful market without beer and gin.

Car guards, together with the watchful eye of Bloemsec security and our own security managers, further ensured that everyone could visit and enjoy themselves.

We are grateful for every blessing that has come from the market. Planning for the following markets will depend on the health crisis at hand. The market is important to us because we bring everyone together as a CARING NATION


Covid-19: How to stay safe

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

 Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Masks

  • If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Myths

  • Cold weather and snow can kill the new coronavirus.
  • Taking a hot bath prevents the new coronavirus disease.
  • The new coronavirus can be transmitted through goods manufactured in China or any country reporting COVID-19 cases.
  • The new coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites.
  • Hand dryers are effective in killing the new coronavirus.
  • Ultraviolet disinfection lamp kills the new coronavirus.
  • Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill the new coronavirus.
  • Pets at home spread the new coronavirus.
  • Vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus.
  • Regularly rinsing your nose with saline helps prevent infection.
  • Eating garlic helps prevent infection.
  • Older people or are younger people also susceptible.
  • Antibiotics are effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus.
  • There are specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.

Source: World Health Organization



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