On 23 March 2020 SA president Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days starting on Thursday 26th March. South Africans will have to stay in their homes during the lockdown with exception from seeking medical care, buying groceries, access banking services and getting petrol. This nationwide lockdown is needed to break the spread of the corona virus. Emergency services like doctors and hospitals will be operating as usual. Breaking the rules can lead to imprisonment or a fine.
The new regulations within South Africa will also impact the execution of the Orange Knowledge program. Due to the restriction of international travel and the nationwide lockdown, several planned living labs unfortunately have been cancelled or postponed. Two Dutch students, working in Durban on the Living Lab Anammox returned home last Wednesday; the planned Masterclass Anammox has been postponed. Furthermore, the delivery of on the job trainings and training of trainers has been postponed until further notice.
Wishing you all courage and power to cope with the social distancing and working from home aimed to flatten the curve of the Corona outbreak.
Stay strong. Stay safe. Stay Healthy.
Bridging the Water is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme.