Media Statement: ‘Until we are all safe, no one’s safe!’

Mmapaseka Steve Letsike has urged everyone to vaccinate.

WE are the glue that binds many voices towards a collective goal of winning against COVID-19. These were the words of Community Constituency Front, co-chairperson, Steve Letsike during her support message at the media briefing organised by the Department of Health on 12 November 2021 where Minister Dr Joe Phaahla was the main speaker.

Steve said as CCF, they provide coordination of the broader voices of civil society through their linkages with SANAC and NEDLAC. “We have used our power of influence to ensure that the Solidarity Fund, the UN Family in South Africa, the Global Fund and most recently the EU sees value in our efforts and make catalytic investment to propel us to do more. In this regard, we have ensured access to funding not only for the CCF, but for other organisations like C19, People’s Vaccine Coalition, COVID Comms and Religious Forum Against COVID-19,” said Steve as she highlight their progress since March last year.

She said when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown, they adopted community based measures strategy that remains their pillar in responding to COVID-19. “We stepped up then, and never looked back. We have implemented strategic leadership by MAC on SBC, coordination of civil society, representation and voice, social mobilisation, communications, public awareness and advocacy while encouraging people to vaccinate.

Steve further said they will continue to lead the voices of communities in platforms like the NRRTT of NEDLAC, the National Communications Partnership, the Risk Communications and Community Engagement and through platforms created between the NRRTT & NATJOINTS. “In this role of leader of civil society as the CCF we participate, interact and collaborate with government, business and labour for maxim impact,” she said.

Steve said they are upscaling their efforts to reach men to take up vaccination by working with other partners in society through their vaccination4men campaign that was launched last week. “We are also working on Vax Champs campaign that mobilise the nation to vaccinate and control the pandemic. We are inviting everyone to be an ambassador for vaccination because we are all in the team that can overcome Covid 19,” said Steve.

Steve said they will continue to join hands with government and other stakeholders to massif the efforts to triumph against COVID-19. “Until we are all safe, no one is safe,” said Steve.

Steve said they want to be counted when the books of history are written about those who stepped forward to wage a war to triumph against COVID-19. “When the counting happen, we will not be counted as heroes and sheroes but as South Africans who loved their country dearly and understood their role in the global family of the world,” said Steve.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY CONSTITUENCY FRONT (CCF)

The Community Constituency Covid-19 Front was established in March 2020 as a formal advisory body to facilitate the participation of civil society sectors and networks, including those represented in the national response and implementations of Community-Based Measures in response to the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). The Community Constituency Covid-19 Front promotes an inclusive, competent and responsive civil society that effectively serves the needs of communities by linking and diversifying civil society actors, expanding the sector’s response and ensuring better coordination, thus improving operations, and enhancing connections between civil society organisations with government, business labour, their stakeholders and beneficiaries. The Covid-19 Front aims to provide a hub of information and contacts for distribution and engagement through our members across the country.