Tunatazama - Community Monitors

How being infected with Covid-19 affected me, my family and the community.

Christinah Mogobye

Sefikile village

Moses Kotane Local Municipality


It was the toughest moment of my life put I remembered to keep calm and pray to God. After testing positive on the 4th of January 2021, I was so confused and worried.

My concern was being on quarantine at home knowing that we might be without water like we did the last time, some time in December. We were without water for almost a week and it was alleged that the mine closed the taps because we were wasting water with our big gardens that we watered 24hours and it was not fair for us villagers because not all of us did that, it is mostly the tenants from some few homes in our village. We are still not sure if it was indeed the mine responsible for this or what because we never got any feedback except hearing different rumours which one was that the water was being cleaned.

During my days of quarantine, we experienced the same problem of water for 2 days and it really got me worried because the whole family had to wash hands regularly with water and soap and it was a challenge as we didn’t have enough sanitizers because they were now scared to go to the shops. We had to turn away communities when they came to buy something or check on us because we were protecting them from getting infected. We sanitized the yard, the gates and the whole house but we felt it’s still not safe for them to come and check on us. Some felt offended because they felt that we don’t want their help and support and that was not the case, they had to be protected from being infected.

Please activists when you experience even one sign of Covid-19, take it seriously and drink concoctions if you have to because the sooner the better. Covid is real and we need to protect out communities at all costs. We need to ensure that they get a strong message. After getting stronger and gatherings a re allowed I will really address this issue and give my testimony and teach them more about it as part of my Activism duties.