The confirmed cases of COVID19 in South Africa is surging and has pushed us to number 5 in the world – as at 20 July 2020 there are 373,628 cases of infection – the fifth highest number of reported cases of all the countries in the world. Our death rate, however, is low compared to other countries which is a good thing – but health experts have warned that the data may be worse than we think, particularly with a high number of under-reported deaths.
Following the poor performance of equities on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in February and March 2020, it is reassuring to see the performance of our stock market over the past 90 days – the JSE All Share Index showed a growth of almost 20% since the end of March 2020.
We are in Level 3 of the lockdown and much of the economy is now re-ignited with many millions of South Africans back at work.
Our thoughts are with those who still may not return to their places of work and cannot provide an income to sustain themselves and their families.
After 60 days of lockdown, it is easy to want to break out and take down your guard. Please don’t be tempted to do so. We are all in this together so let’s help each other to stay strong. Listening to a number of experts, it seems clear that the peak of the pandemic in South Africa will be August/September 2020.
In helping protect yourself and those around you, the NJMPF’s mask challenge is still running. Make your own mask using the steps on page two or get creative and share pictures of your home made masks with us on social media and you could win a smartphone.
How did you fare eating healthy or doing some exercise to music last week? Send in your stories or photos
This week we set you another challenge – Use our guide on page 2 to make a mask for yourself or a loved
one. No sewing or special equipment is required to make these effective yet comfortable masks.
Take photos of your creation and send to us to stand a chance to win a smartphone!
We have had three weeks of lockdown with another two to go.
Medical practitioners are advising us to consciously look at our diet, get some exercise and do something creative to de-stress. So we challenge you to eat healthy this coming week and do some exercise to your favourite music.
You will see some interesting challenges appearing on our website soon – participate and you could win a prize.
The Fund can be contacted by email using email@example.com and from Tuesday 14th April 2020 also by phone on 031-2795300 or 0861065673 or fax 0312666715. We are unfortunately not able to take walk-in visitors during the lockdown period.
Despite these troubled times, we want to assure our members and pensioners to remain calm. Read more…
Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on the 23 March 2020, the NJMPF will be closed during the duration of the nation-wide lockdown. Read More