South Africa, you really don’t need to stockpile groceries

NEWS | Tshegofatso Mathe | 19 Mar 2020 Experts have told the Mail & Guardian that it’s unnecessary for most shoppers to stock up on food supplies because of the panic created by the spread of Covid-19 as it will only put pressure on the local food supply chain. This week, shelves were left empty at…

Corona Virus is here – but with your help, not to stay!

Dear Observatory residents and businesses, We are living through one of the most extraordinary challenges facing South Africa and the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic is changing everything about our lives for the foreseeable future. As I write this, 202 people in South Africa have tested positive for the virus and, thankfully, none have died. But…

The WHO has launched a WhatsApp chatbot to warn people about Covid-19 dangers

The WHO has launched a WhatsApp chatbot to provide people with info about the coronavirus. It’s one of a number of steps Facebook is taking to try and direct users to reliable information about the pandemic. WhatsApp has previously struggled with the spread of misinformation on its encrypted platform. The World Health Organisation has launched…

Open Streets – The CAPE TOWN TOGETHER platform can help communities deal with coronavirus disease…

These are trying times and we hope you are all staying safe (at home, if you can). As Open Streets Cape Town we have been thinking about how we can contribute towards the wellbeing of our fellow Cape Town residents and our broader movement. We believe strongly that SOCIAL DISTANCING should mean PHYSICAL DISTANCING and SOCIAL SOLIDARITY. This might just…

AVAAZ – The World in Action

Thanks so much for stepping up to meet the challenge of this virus with viral kindness! If you missed the next steps and instructions on how to start or join a ‘Viral Kindness’ Facebook group in your local community, here they are again: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/covid_19_viral_kindness_dis/thanks.htm If you’ve already created a Facebook group to connect your local…

City starts soap donation drive

CITY OF CAPE TOWN 20 MARCH 2020 MEDIA RELEASE The drive is one of the latest measures implemented to help mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19. Read more below:   The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is facilitating a soap donation drive, in support of hygiene efforts around the Coronavirus.  …

Social Issues – Join the OCA in Peace building this 2020

When: TBC Where: St Michael’s Church Hall, corner Bedford & St Michael’s Road, Observatory You are invited to join the Observatory Civic Associations one-day workshop partnering with organizations and active citizens in and around the neighborhood with a mission to make the world a better place. Along with representatives from these organizations we will strive…

Arts, Culture & Sports – Calling all artists, historians interested in the Observatory.

Observatory World Heritage History Project Placing Observatory as a nexus of mankind, this project anchored by Observatory Civic Association’s Arts, Culture and Sports Portfolio aims to bring about awareness of the historical significance Observatory as a precinct has in relation to South Africa, the African continent and the World. From the First  Freeburgher Farms established…

Community consciousness around the Corona Virus

Dear Residents, As we respond to this Coronavirus crisis as announced on Sunday by our President, it is our duty as a civic to assist in maximizing consciousness of the situation while minimizing fear.  We call on our community for a human-centered approach that will diminish fear and not tolerate alarmist, racist, and xenophobic reactions.  We…