South Africa risks food insecurity during COVID-19: lawmakers

first_imgTalk Africa: COVID-19 and Food Security South Africa’s COVID-19 cases reach 2028 South African lawmakers on Friday voiced concern over food insecurity threatening 8 million people in the country as a result of COVID-19.COVID-19 is a huge threat to food security and a large proportion of the population could experience food insecurity as a result of the pandemic, said Mondli Gungubele, chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Social Development.On Thursday, the committee was briefed by the national Department of Social Development and the provincial departments on the implementation of food distribution and progress on other programs responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.The need to feed the South African people came out very strong in the meeting, Gungubele said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.“If we are supposed to feed 14 million people and we are only able to feed just over 5 million, then it is a serious problem,” he said.The committee heard that the demand for food far surpasses supply and the government’s ability to assist is limited, according to Gungubele.Furthermore, the impact of COVID-19 on food security will be prolonged, he said.The most worrying issue is food insecurity among the vulnerable, the chairperson said,Gungubele appealed to the government to do everything in its power to ensure that children, the vulnerable and people in dire need have access to food.“It is also important as a committee that we must express a strong appropriation to members of civil society who made contribution to feeding our nation, whether through donations or volunteering,” he said.As of Thursday, South Africa’s has reported 118,375 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 6,579 cases recorded in the previous 24 hours, the highest single-day surge since early March, according to the latest official figures.Meanwhile, 87 new deaths were reported, bringing the toll to 2,292.Related South Africa COVID-19 – REUTERS South Africa records two more COVID-19 deathslast_img read more

Thousand Oaks defeats Royal again

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THOUSAND OAKS – A one-goal victory at Royal High of Simi Valley could only satisfy the members of the Thousand Oaks girls’ soccer team for so long. After five weeks of waiting, the host Lancers exacted the rest of their revenge Friday night. Thousand Oaks was on track to win the Marmonte League title outright last year, before Royal recorded a three-goal victory over the Lancers in the final week of the regular season, resulting in the teams sharing the title. With a 4-0 victory over the Highlanders, Thousand Oaks not only moved within a game of league-leading Agoura, but also put Royal’s bid for a repeat in serious jeopardy. “We want to show everybody that we’re not a fluke. We’re here to play and we’re here to contend for a league title,” said Thousand Oaks coach Geoff Raives, whose team recorded its sixth consecutive shutout. “I can’t say enough about their work rate. I’m very proud of these girls, regardless of what happens from here on out.” Thousand Oaks (8-2-4, 5-1-3) – the Daily News’ 10th-ranked team – couldn’t have picked a better time to produce its highest-scoring output of the season. Sophomores Nicole Cruz and Annabel Naish accounted for the Lancers’ first three goals and freshman Megan Meyer capped the scoring in the 73rd minute. From there, Thousand Oaks’ seniors took care of the rest. Amy Gleason, Sammie Lane, Ali McCartney and Courtney Ziegler helped the Lancers withstand an early onslaught by Royal (8-5-2, 2-4-1), before Cruz and Naish gave Thousand Oaks some breathing room with two goals in a seven-minute span in the first half. “Last year, we would’ve won the league by ourselves, but they snatched it from us,” said Lane, one of the returning members of the Thousand Oaks team that suffered a 4-1 loss to Royal on Feb. 9, 2005. “(To beat them twice) is a great feeling.” McCartney – who scored Thousand Oaks’ lone goal in a 1-0 victory Dec. 13 at Royal – assisted on Cruz’s second goal with a perfectly executed corner kick in the 64th minute. The Lancers’ sweeper struck a ball from the right corner, which Mary Madden headed toward the left post for an apparent goal, before Royal goalkeeper Kristen McGregor punched the ball out of bounds with a diving save. McCartney served up the ensuing kick from the left corner, finding Cruz on a near-post run for a well-placed header inside the left post for a 3-0 lead. With Royal continuing to push up attackers in the second half, the Lancers’ defense held strong in front of sophomore goalkeeper Laura Brain, who recorded four saves to help Thousand Oaks extend its streak of holding opponents without a goal to more than 500 minutes. “We feel so comfortable with each other back there,” Ziegler said. “And we’ve got Laura behind us. She’s awesome.” Since a 3-0 loss to No. 5 Agoura (8-1-5, 6-0-3) on Dec. 20, the Lancers are unbeaten in their past six games, including four consecutive victories to move into sole possession of third place with a showdown at No. 9 Moorpark (8-6-3, 6-1-2) – which fell into second following a 4-0 loss to Agoura on Friday – looming on Friday. “We’re one game away,” Raives said. “I know this (Royal) team is better than what they showed (Friday). That’s why I’m glad we’re done with Royal because they’re going to be a very dangerous team to play the next few weeks.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardlast_img read more