COVID-19 Report from the Western Cape of South Africa

Aired on April 3, 2020

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, Esq., is a co-founder of World Footprints, a social impact travel media company that she runs with her husband, Ian. She is an award-winning journalist, global public speaker, and three-time TEDx presenter who has written for several prominent publications including the Miami Herald, AAA World, The Lens and Island Soul. Recognized as Black Travel Journalists of the Year alongside Ian, Tonya serves on several travel industry boards, including SATW, The Explorers Club (DC chapter), NATJA, and JourneyWoman. She has also been appointed to the Maryland Tourism Development Board by Governor Wes Moore.