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We are all in this together

The dictionary definition for the word community is “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.”

But beyond having common interests, community should also be a safe space where there is support for those who need it.

The demands of modern life on our families, on our financial well-being and social structures, have become almost insurmountable, as people become more isolated, work longer hours and live far away from family support structures.

The surprising effect of lockdown has been that communities have found new ways of connecting with one another. These should be used to reconnect with neighbours, but also to reach out to those who are lonely or desperately in need of a helping hand.

An admirable display of ubuntu was highlighted following last week’s storm, when extensive damage was caused to residents’ properties. The Helderberg stayed true to its natural way of rallying together in times of crisis. Residents who had been displaced were offered accommodation in the community hall and a buy-a-brick campaign was initiated to raise funds. The City of Cape Town was also commended for its preparedness and efficient response times.

Let us reach out to our neighbours and reconnect in new and creative ways. We are, after all, in this together.

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