Time to unite

Mark RH Kleinschmidt, Ward 60 councillor, Lansdowne

I believe in my spirit that prayer comes automatically during a crisis to those grounded in their faith albeit Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and so forth.

From as far back as I can remember, we were drilled in the Lord’s prayer (the prayer Jesus taught His disciples before His Ascension).

The world has never experienced such a huge unprecedented “lockdown” before.

I believe that a crisis is an opportunity for people to unite, do some introspection, and pool our resources to overcome such an adversity as the Covid-19 crisis. HIV/Aids babies “thrive”, and show remarkable signs of healing through tactile touch. Yet, the Covid-19 pandemic prohibits human contact. What a tragedy.

I believe in my spirit that we need to get back to basics and love your neighbour as yourself, and become more caring to the plight of the poor, the downtrodden and marginalised.

I believe in my spirit that Covid-19 is a wake-up call to the world to become more prayerful in all our chosen religions and faiths.

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the greatest world shutdown in history, and threatens to supersede the loss of life from some of the world’s greatest man-made or natural disasters.

This pandemic calls for much prayer, discernment and deep thought for mankind’s resilience to overcome the scourge of Covid-19.

Fellow South Africans, I encourage you to remain calm, prayerful and focused to overcome the plague of Covid-19.

Nkosi Sikelile iAfrika – God bless Africa, protect her children, guide her leaders, and grant us peace. Salaam, Shalom.