Archive for year: 2020
FashionistaGH Fashion Diaries: A fashion fair featuring garment, accessory and footwear designers from Ghana and Nigeria. Also in attendance were some of Accra’s trendiest fashionistas. Designers featured include Sa4a, Ani Siyah, Chic Accessories, iamisigo, Kayobi, Diva Delicious, ZediCross, Afro Mod Trends, Ajepomaa Design Gallery, Esi Footwear, T. T. Dalk, Pearl X Ghana, Enaj Bijou. Photography: Ob Abenser.
Many of us woke up to the shocking news that the President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus. This is an important reminder for all of us about how quickly and quietly the virus can spread from one person to another.
Here’s what we know so far about COVID-19 transmission.
When are people most contagious?
According to the latest evidence, people most commonly spread the virus to each other 2-3 days before symptoms start. Most people seem to be most contagious 1-2 days before they become sick. Scientists think that the “viral burden” — how much virus you have replicating inside your body with the ability to spread to others — is linked to the severity of your symptoms.
How COVID-19 Affects Your Body
But this is still being worked out because some people never develop symptoms but are still contagious at some point during their infection.
Once someone is infected, it can be 5-6 days before symptoms start, though some people may not start feeling sick until 14 days after they were exposed (and some don’t end up feeling sick at all).
What’s the most common way that the virus spreads?
Transmission through infected droplets appears to be the most common way that the virus spreads. Respiratory droplets are usually heavy droplets that are released when someone coughs or sneezes. This is where the “6-feet rule” comes from, because these droplets generally fall out of the air within 6 feet.
More and more research, however, is pointing to droplets as a continuum — with smaller droplets, called aerosols, released just by talking or breathing. The louder you talk or sing, the farther they may float. Because aerosols are much smaller, they can stay suspended in the air for a longer period of time and travel farther. So 6 feet in a poorly ventilated space may not be enough distance to protect you.
An interesting “real-life experiment” was recently published showing what happened to travelers on two buses carrying passengers to a ceremony in China. One bus carried an infected person, while another had no infected people. This was early in the pandemic, so no one was wearing a mask. Over 1/3 of the people on the bus with the infected person caught the virus, while no one on the other bus caught it. It didn’t matter how far people were sitting. Even people sitting very far away from the infected person caught the virus.
What can we do to prevent the spread?
Based on what we know so far, it’s important to avoid the 3 C’s to help prevent transmission.
- Closed spaces with poor ventilation
- Crowded places with people nearby
- Close-contact situations
As we head into cooler months with more time spent indoors, it’s really important to keep these in mind. Avoid the 3 C’s, and wear masks in all situations when you are around other people outside of your household.
We are fortunate that the president’s infection was identified early and that he has the best health care available to help him through his recovery. This is a lesson to all of us to remain vigilant to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Excerpt From: Naumann. “A Taste of South Africa: 100 top recipes presented in one cookbook.”
“Preparation time: approx. 15 minutes
Per serving approx. 538 kcal/2259 kJ ”
“26 g P, 41 g F, 12 g CH
2 kg oven-ready mussels
6 cloves garlic
150 ml oil
300 ml dry white wine
200 ml cream
juice of 1 lemon
100 g butter
1 Remove the beards from the mussels. Discard any opened mussels. Peel the garlic and chop finely.
2 Heat the oil to a high temperature in a large saucepan and pour in the mussels with the garlic. Pour in the wine, the cream and the lemon juice, cover and cook for approx. 5 minutes.
3 Shake the saucepan vigorously and frequently. Mussels that have not opened should be removed and discarded. Plate up the mussels. Beat the stock with the butter until frothy and serve.”
Excerpt From: Naumann. “A Taste of South Africa: 100 top recipes presented in one cookbook.”
First, place kale in a large bowl of water with a half a teaspoon of salt to loosen dirt or debris.
Drain and rinse kale in a colander. Prep kale by removing the stems and tearing them into 2-inch pieces.
If your kale is tender then it is okay to keep the stems for added fiber and chop the kale in 1-inch pieces.
Saute onion in olive oil until soft, add tomatoes and saute until soft. Stir in kale and cook until
- Energy:96 kcal / 401 kJ
- Fat:5 g
- Protein:3 g
- Carbs:12 g
- Preparation:10 min
- Cooking:15 min
- Ready in:25 min
Source: Michelle Blackwood
I hope this message finds you well and you are taking advantage of this gorgeous weather. We ask you to stay safe and follow all Health Official advice.
As the country faces its first lockdown in history, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we see South Africans unite as never before.
Banks are permitting payment holidays to business owners and students, companies are donating funds to fight the virus and initiatives have been launched to help businesses survive COVID-19. We have decided to share a few of the great initiatives making things a bit easier for business owners and individuals in these uncertain times.
Ubuntu Beds is an initiative aiming to unite hospitality businesses that now stand empty with healthcare workers who are tirelessly fighting the virus on the front lines. Ubuntu Beds aims to offer a haven to healthcare workers, who are exhausted and unable to return home for fear of infecting their families, these beds are offered in hostels, hotels, BnB’s and guest-houses across the county.
Curro Schools printing 3D medical supplies:
Curro Holdings stepped up to assist several healthcare organisations in South Africa by offering the services of their 3D Printers, as well as their staff, to aid in the printing of protective face shields for medical workers currently fighting against COVID-19 in South Africa.
Shoprite ‘appreciation’ bonus:
Shoprite will be paying R102 million in bonuses to the frontline shop floor and distribution employees for continuing their work during the COVID-19 outbreak.
COBRA (COVID Business Rescue Assistance) War Room is a pro bono service helping South African businesses in distress to co-ordinate bank, government and stakeholder support through a structured business rescue process.
SAB (South African Breweries) assists with hand sanitiser production in SA:
With the demand for alcohol-based hand sanitiser sky rocketing during the COVID-19 outbreak, SAB started the production of hand sanitizer that contains 80% alcohol, which is exactly what the healthcare sector requires.
Naspers facilities to be used for healthcare services:
Naspers will be making available some of its facilities to be used for public health services in vulnerable communities, to assist the government’s efforts to manage the COVID-19 crisis.
Though we find ourselves in uncertain times we know that working together will make us come out stronger as a country.
Even though we do we face uncertain times and we do not know what life will be like after the lockdown, one thing we know is that we are stronger when we work together to make South Africa a better place for all.
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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Parliament has called on citizens to emulate President Nelson Mandela’s values and principles.
“Madiba’s revolutionary life has taught us that, with resilience, courage and determination, we can overcome even the most challenging battles,” said Parliament in a statement on Saturday.
Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² edged on three sides by a nearly 3000km coastline washed by the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic. It is bordered in the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and also wraps itself around two independent countries, Lesotho and Swaziland.
South Africa has three capitals: Cape Town (Legislative), Pretoria (Administrative) and Bloemfontein (Judicial).
A well-known fact about South Africa is that since 1994 South Africa has enjoyed a democratic government, with the apartheid policies of the past overthrown. In 1994, world icon, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first democratic president. (Nelson Mandela Foundation). South Africa’s constitution is regarded as an example to the world, and enshrines a wide scope of human rights protected by an independent judiciary. The country is currently headed by President Cyril Ramaphosa, pictured, of the African National Congress (ANC).
A lesser-know n fact on South Africa is that it has achieved steady economic growth in gross domestic product (GDP) since the late 90s. The country, regarded as an emerging market, has a well developed financial sector and active stock exchange. Financial policies have focused on building solid macroeconomic structures. The country’s central bank is the Reserve Bank.
Since the demise of apartheid, international tourist arrivals have surged, making tourism one of the fastest growing sectors. The tourism industry is well-established with an exciting sector of emerging entrepreneurs. The country is strong on adventure, sport, nature and wildlife travel and is a pioneer and global leader in responsible tourism.
The South African population of more than 55 million people (as at 2016) is extremely diverse. Africans are in the majority, comprising approximately 80.7% of the population, followed by the Coloured population (8.8%), the White population (8.1%) and Indian/Asian population (2.5%).
South Africa’s currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.
South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days, hence the title: ‘Sunny South Africa’. Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (winter rainfall). Winter is from May to August; Spring from September to October; Summer from November to February and Autumn is from March to April.
South Africa has an exceptionally well-developed communications infrastructure. A number of cell-phone providers provide national coverage and there are well-established landline phone networks. Internet and Wi-Fi are easily accessible in most urban areas.
There are nine provinces in South Africa, namely: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Western Cape.
The South African flag is a symbol of patriotism and other significant national emblems include: National bird: blue crane; National animal: the springbok; National fish: galjoen; National flower: protea and National tree: the yellowwood.
South Africa is a multi-lingual country with 11 official languages including: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.
Almost 80% of South Africa’s population is Christian. Other major religious groups include Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists. A minority don’t belong to any of the major religions. The Constitution guarantees freedom of worship.
Tap water is potable. However, ensure that you take bottled water with you when travelling to remote rural areas and the bush.
Animals and Plants:
South Africa has been declared one of the 18 megadiverse destinations in the world. As a pioneer and leader in responsible tourism, South Africa has numerous conservation projects to protect its natural heritage – travellers can support and take part in many of these projects. The country is home to the famous Big Five (rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo).
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. With a few exceptions (in deep rural areas) electricity is available almost everywhere.
The three major international airports in South Africa are: OR Tambo (Johannesburg), Cape Town and King Shaka (Durban) as well as 90 regional airports including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit.
Travel by Road and Rail:
South Africa has an extensive road infrastructure including national highways and secondary roads. Speed limits are set at 120 kilometres on highways; 100 kilometres on secondary roads and 60 kilometres in urban areas.
Health and safety:
South Africa is well-known for its medical skill since Professor Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant in 1967. There are many world-class private hospitals and medical centres around the country, especially in the urban centres. Most of South Africa is malaria-free, but always check with the game reserves you’re planning to visit and take precautions if necessary. Make sure you have the latest safety tips from the establishment where you will be staying and take common sense precautions as you would when travelling.
Curious for more information about South Africa? Visit the website of South African Tourism.
For an overview of the South African trade and investment environment, visit our Trade and Investment page.
Award-winning Singers/Songwriters Zahara, Berita and Msaki are performing at the Sisters with Guitars concert at Emperors Palace on Saturday 15th February 2020.
The first of its kind, the concert promises music lovers a good time, an exceptional experience with this incredible line-up, celebrating women in music.
Saturday, 15 February 2020 at 18:00 – 21:00.
Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road, Elsburg Road, Brakpan, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
Tickets are R220 – R300 per person, get yours here
For more information, click here.
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