The small town of Kliprand in the municipality of Matzikama – nearly 500 kilometers from Cape Town – is in crisis. The entire city, which is home to around 250 people, or 50 households, was placed in quarantine after about 10% of the population tested positive for COVID-19.
The isolated community, cut off from the outside world, calls for help and needs food, water and basic supplies. A local director is helping coordinate relief efforts, according to reports.
According to SABC News, the community of Kliprand managed to avoid the COVID-19 pandemic for 15 months. However, once the virus entered the rural town, the situation quickly escalated – within a week, 30 infections and three deaths were recorded. A city-wide quarantine has been imposed to stop the spread. It is estimated that about half of households have a positive case.
“We have limited resources at the moment and that makes it more difficult to manage,” Arrie Cloete, a local elementary school principal, told SABC News.
“So if there is someone outside who can help us, with resources, anything, you are welcome and members of our community at the moment are a little afraid because they don’t know what’s going to happen next. “
Cloete added that the community of Kliprand is terrified due to the uncertainty surrounding the virus and the three fatal cases already recorded in the city.
CLOSED SHOPS, DIFFICULT QUARANTINE
Most of the community lives in small RDP houses, which is proving to be a challenge in terms of quarantine. The nearest town, Vredendal, is 150 kilometers away and the nearest isolation center is even further away.
A local reverend, Pedro Oktober, from Vredendal told the SABC that the community is doing their best to help Kliprand.
“The only store there is closed, the soup kitchen is closed… the community is in dire need of food and water,” Oktober said.
Residents of Kliprand need help and can be reached via Facebook. Quick research reveals that many Samaritans, such as the South African group Water Warriors, on social media have started coordinating relief efforts among themselves.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-19 07:26:36