Chairperson Message 2021

The past year (2020) in review and the future (2021) ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ‎ Jummah MubarakAs we bid 2020 farewell South Africa has recorded the highest daily number of infections of 17,700 two days ago. We will never forget 2020 that has taught us crucial life lessons such as: patience, empathy, surviving severe challenges and adoption to minimalism.We have witnessed a year of destruction losing lives and livelihoods yet we as mere mortals refuse to take heed of this devastating virus COVID 19. After 10 months of misery some people are still in denial, others remain irresponsible and undisciplined refusing to adhere to the health protocols that have been publicised continuously.As we enter 2021 we see no light at the end of the tunnel because this virus will continue to mutate and bring further hardships, vaccines will be limited in the near future and 2021 will be equally dire as 2020 unless we take responsibility individually; collectively guide our communities; and leaders of society rise to the occasion as true leaders to encourage one and all to adhere to the health protocols to save lives and minimise hardship. Previous pandemics have lasted at least 3years. This pandemic is no exception. We are currently in the 2nd wave which is worse than the 1st wave due to the virus variant which is highly infectious with a high viral load and affecting younger individuals more severely. Be prepared for a possible 3rd or 4th wave.On this platform we have continuously urged our membership to adopt the Golden Rules of wearing a mask over the nose, wash hands regularly and showing respect to one...

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