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COVID-19 Report from the Western Cape of South Africa

The COVID-19 virus trickled down through the African Nations slower than other continents but South African recently went into lockdown.

So what does the new normal look like in South Africa?

We’ll hear from Western Cape resident, Johannes Syms, about the status of South Africa’s fight against the coronavirus and the measures the country has put into place to enforce its regulations. Johannes will also share some of the creative ways his neighbors are supporting the community.

What we learned after taping is how the poorer communities are the most impacted.  There is a 29% unemployment rate in the country and that the simplest of tasks, like collecting recycling, has come to a halt.  In many cases, those are the only jobs that people have.

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Tonya Fitzpatrick

Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is a co-founder of World Footprints.  A three-time TEDx presenter and international speaker, Tonya was appointed a Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (63rd Session).  An almost “recovering attorney”, Tonya has found her purpose as a cultural connector.  She loves spreading positive messages about the power of travel and the strength of the common humanity we share. Tonya holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and memberships in the National Speakers Association,  Society of American Travel Journalists, Women in Film and Video, Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Travel Journalist Association where she serves as a Board Member.  Tonya enjoys a life full of adventure, dark chocolate and champagne with her husband and business partner, Ian, and their beloved cat, Irwin.

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