We are living in times that are beyond overwhelming for many South Africans. Times that have caused heartbreak and pain nationwide and beyond our borders and oceans. However, despite the fear that the civil unrest in our country has inferred, there is something to be said about those actively seeking peace during this time. As Tyler Leigh Vivier writes: “in times of tragedy, look for the helpers.”
Everyday South Africans have decided to embark on a brave cleaning project to alleviate the destruction of some businesses, shopping centres and impacted areas to help ease the strife of the current situation, and the Ndlovu Youth Choir is singing peace into our hearts too.
One of these brave volunteers, Emelda Masango wrote on Facebook this morning July 13, to express that since she isn’t working today, she’d like to embark on a different kind of job, namely the volunteering kind.
“Anyone who needs help to clean up after the looting in their business I volunteer,” she wrote.
As part of the ‘I Know A Guy’ group turned-team, people are now sharing their areas and availability of when they are able to assist in the clean-up venture which is an uplifting reminder of civil society striving for peace.
Masango’s post has hundreds of helpful comments attached to it, with people writing “ready to help!” while expressing enthusiasm to help clean up parts of our country.
As Gaby Trathen commented, “Wow there are amazing people on this thread.”
In times of pain, the omen of South Africans willing to help each other wherever they can is a reminder of the light of solidarity that can always be found even in the darkest times.
I Know A Guy Group can be found here.
Meanwhile, the Ndlovu Youth Choir has also taken to sing our country into a moment of peace, which you can watch here if you needed some calm amongst the storm.