TUNING IN: SALUTING OUR HEROES IN TIMES OF CRISIS

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Our residences here are safe due to our wonderful community who has taken a stand to protect us all.

It certainly has been a week to remember. Much has been written, said and shared about the protest stuff. Tuning In will cover the positive, kind, caring, compassionate side of community which has been experienced. There have been many posts in the media thanking the community and we shall share some of them. (Note, these were written at the time, nearly a week ago, in some instances).

* Thank you to the Scottburgh community of men, security companies and police for protecting us last night, and even still today by creating a human shield around our town. We see you, we honour you and we appreciate you. Thank you for keeping us safe.

* I was wondering what to say today about our current situation and then lo and behold I came across two quotes: 1. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” and 2. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Both so apt right now. We are safe, our CBD has been burnt and looted and things may possibly not be over yet.

Our residences here are safe due to our wonderful community who has taken a stand to protect us all.

I am so proud of the men in my family who have risen to the challenge and assisted at the barricades and will continue to do so for as long as is needed.
To all our neighbours and friends from Widenham, Saiccor Village and Umkomaas who have joined in this endeavour to keep us safe, we thank you and salute you. You are our heroes.

* Never would I have expected this. I am broken about my country with a brand new love for my fellow humans and particularly my very own community members. I was fortunate enough to be out in the streets of Umkomaas tonight as my husband’s side kick while protecting our town and her people.

I have never been more proud to have grown up in this town as I was tonight. To see so many people out there willing to die to protect what we have and who we are is a hugely emotional thing. All I can say is thank you to all of you. May God protect Umkomaas and her people.

* After a stressful day and night we are grateful to Armu and team, Saps and the community who rallied together to protect our community.
This wonderful team continue keeping us safe today. We truly appreciate everything you are doing to keep us safe. Thank you one and all.

* I have felt fear in my lifetime, but it doesn’t come close to the fear I have felt over the past two days and nights.
Knowing that my husband is out in the cold tonight yet again, together with other members of our amazing community, Saps and local security groups, protecting their loved ones and our towns of Scottburgh and Pennington.

These men have had very little rest, but, they’re out there doing what they can.
The wonderful women and men in our community have ensured that our men are fed and supplied with warm drinks.
It’s times like this that one realises what we mean to one another and how much we treasure one another.

My respect and love for the people in our little towns has grown in leaps and bounds. I pray God’s blessings on each and every one of them.

* What a pleasure to be part of a wonderful, active and driven Armu Security – you rock, without your team and the whole of the community of Umkomaas we would have not be able to accomplish what we have. Thank you.

* Tracy Bell, past Parish Priest Anglican Church Scottburgh/Umkomaas writes: It is a cold start in the Burrah. My phone says 2 degrees. But it feels colder. And we have community members who have sat at blockades all night – and many others now queuing for a chance to get something at the store before the stock is gone.
That’s to say nothing of those who have gone to bed hungry and/or fearful, and, worried about everything.

Still, most will get up today and… take care of someone. Share what they have. Buy resources. Sell them. Clean up riot debris. Source food for the hungry. Create supply chains. Hold a hand. Pray a little. Show kindness, practically. Protect and help neighbours. Practice Ubuntu. Each one who reaches out is a reminder that goodness is stronger than evil, love is stronger than hate, light is stronger than darkness, life is stronger than death.
And that there is One who loves us and is revealed in the faces and many varied actions of these who show us love!

* Avanti Low: As many of you are aware our towns in KZN have been left devastated after the last few days of looting and destruction. There are so many left hungry and there is a shortage of food.
There are some elderly folk who do not live in a retirement home/village but live on their own.
These people cannot stand in queues for food. Some have had no food and are starving.
I am trying to help those folk to get food during this difficult time.
Please I know that we are all battling with food but if you can spare anything for these elderly folk, please inbox me.
The last two days I have been desperately trying to put hampers together for them.
Any assistance for them will be appreciated. Contact: Avanti on 082 7601900.

Happiness is always an inside job.

 

Article written by: South Coast Herald

Photo credit: South Coast Herald

Link: https://southcoastherald.co.za/441153/tuning-in-saluting-our-heroes-in-times-of-crisis/

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