Plea for hospitality businesses across SA to accommodate healthcare workers
As Covid-19 infections increase in South Africa, frontline healthcare workers need our support and protection.
Ubuntu Beds aims to connect empty hospitality businesses with healthcare workers who need a place to stay close to their work.
The establishments provide beds to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals for free.
Ubuntu Beds founder Kim Whitaker has encouraged businesspeople who own apartments, hotels, BnBs, backpackers, and other types of accommodation in outlying areas to join the efforts.
Whitaker says many establishments are being used as quarantine facilities and shelter for people awaiting their Covid-19 test results.
She says there is growing demand for accommodation in places such as Secunda in Mpumalanga, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape as well as St Lucia and Richard's Bay in KwaZulu-Natal.
We still need more beds, especially in outlying areas. We're appealing to accommodation owners to sign up.Kim Whitaker, Founder - Ubuntu Beds
As infection rates spike in different locations, we're really seeing the need increase. It doubles every day.Kim Whitaker, Founder - Ubuntu Beds
In St Lucia and Richard's Bay we have a severe shortage of beds, whereas, in Cape Town and Joburg, we are blessed with a number of beds and are able to place people quickly.Kim Whitaker, Founder - Ubuntu Beds
Whitaker, a Cape Town-based tourism entrepreneur, created the Ubuntu Beds initiative after contracting Covid-19 back in March.
Listen to the discussion on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:
The Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) has appealed to each and every eligible donor to donate blood this Mandela Day.Read More
Legendary South African actress Mary Twala passed away at the age of 80.Read More
The disorientated seal that banged on the door of Pakalolo in Table View this week is being rehabilitated at the Hout Bay Seal Rescue Centre.Read More
Lieutenant Gillian Malouw is the first woman submarine officer in Africa. She opens up about her life in the navy.Read More
Cape Town-based comedian Carl Weber lost his in-laws to Covid-19 last month, just five days apart. His wife also tested positive for the virus.Read More
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says Bulelani Qholani could take the City of Cape Town to the Equality Court over his violent eviction.Read More
The man who was forcibly removed from his shack while naked has denied allegations that he deliberately undressed himself to block being evicted.Read More
Grades R, 6, and 11 must return to school on Monday, while schools with enough capacity may apply to bring other grades back too.Read More
You heard it here first: CapeTalk will introduce a new daytime, weekday line-up starting from Monday, 6 July 2020.Read More