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Post 2021-08-04

Post provides a comprehensive package of news, views and entertainment for the family, championing the interests of the Indian community and keeping readers fully informed and in touch with their roots, religions and culture.

South Africa
Independent Media Pty Ltd
52 Issues

in this issue

2 min
cashier says many people forget they are also essential workers

NIKITA CHINIAH nikita.chiniah@inl.co.za LINDA Naidoo, a supermarket employee, said she and her colleagues often went beyond the call of duty to help customers during the Covid-19 pandemic but they were sometimes not recognised for their efforts as essential workers. "We are also front-line workers but we are not regarded in the same light as other professions. We risk our health and safety to provide a service to the community during the pandemic. In a day, I probably see dozens of customers at our branch. While we take all the necessary precautions to safeguard ourselves from Covid-19, we are vulnerable to contracting the virus because we interact with people all the time,” said Naidoo. The 51-year-old is a cashier at Checkstar in White House, Mount Edgecombe. She has been employed at…

2 min
‘i always knew i wanted to save lives’

Nadia Khan nadia.khan@inl.co.za DESPITE growing up in a single-parent home, where money was often scarce, Thembelihle Myeza never gave up on achieving her childhood dream of saving lives. Myeza, 39, of Kwamakhutha township, near eManzimtoti, realised that dream when she qualified as a basic life support paramedic at St John’s Ambulance Service in 2012. She has been employed at PT Ambulance Service for eight years. Her job entails assessing and treating patients and taking them to the hospital. “When I was younger, my friends pretended that they were hurt and I would tend to their wounds and put them in an imaginary ambulance. I used to mimic the sound of an ambulance siren as I transported them to the hospital.” She said her mother, the sole breadwinner, had four children…

2 min
a voice for the voiceless

Janine Moodley janine.moodley@inl.co.za AS A child, Aroona Chetty aspired to be a voice for the voiceless, and she has become exactly that. “My aunt was a social worker and I always admired the work she did. Like her, I wanted to help people,” said Chetty, who completed a BA in social work at the then University of Durban-Westville. In 1984 she began working at Phoenix Child Welfare and in 1992, Chetty rose up the ranks to become a social work manager. After 17 years, she became the organisation’s director. During the course of her career, she provided assistance to families who were uprooted from their homes during the Inanda riots, and she was instrumental in opening the Sahara Shelter for abused women and children. Chetty was also involved with starting…

3 min
‘no amount of money can measure my love for helping people’

Nokuthula Mabuza nokuthula.mabuza@inl.co.za BEING on the front line since the first wave of Covid-19 has taught Mumsy Zwane not to take life for granted. Zwane, of Joburg, is a phlebotomist at Grosvenor Centre. Her responsibilities include collecting and transporting laboratory specimens, educating people about health, and administering medication. The 51-year-old did a year-long online short course and got a phlebotomist certificate in 2004. In 2012, she registered to study nursing at Khanyisa Nursing School and graduated with a diploma. Zwane said working with Covid patients was frightening but she would not have coped without her trust in God. “Dealing with the pandemic has to be the most challenging and most horrific experience of my entire career. I had to deal with people who were scared, helpless, dependent and fragile. I…

2 min
granny cleans up suburb

Janine Moodley janine.moodley@inl.co.za A RESERVOIR Hills housewife and grandmother has not let the Covid-19 pandemic stop her from helping others. Ron Naidoo, 58, a community activist, became a front-line worker as she was on a mission to make, see and instil change. She took it upon herself to meet with residents over service delivery issues during the pandemic. These ranged from burst water pipes and illegal dumping to overgrown verges and potholes. “I tried logging complaints with the city, but it was difficult to get through. I then decided to attend to them myself. I did whatever I could handle at the time,” she said. This included cleaning up the area during the lockdown, and the recent unrest. “The Covid-19 pandemic did not stop me from continuing my work.…

2 min
rapper’s song on violence strikes a chord with fans

NIKITA CHINIAH nikita.chiniah@inl.co.za MUSICIAN Kyle Desai has released a poetic rap on social media to express how he felt during the recent violence and unrest. Desai, 23, of Isipingo, who is also known as KD, is a rapper, singer, songwriter and producer. His latest video, We Will Rise Again, has generated more than 21 000 shares and 35 000 views on Facebook. Desai said he felt angry, upset, fearful and saddened during the violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. “I penned the freestyle piece after I saw our beautiful city (Durban) being violated and desecrated. It was indeed one of the saddest times in our lives and the history of our nation. A dark cloud came upon us. Political turmoil, civil unrest and deadly riots unravelled before my eyes. I watched…