“I decided to initiate an awareness campaign, ‘Save SA, we can beat Covid-19’, to inform and educate people about the virus.
“With the R350 relief funds being distributed at post offices, people tend to forget about preventing themselves from contracting the virus, so I made it a point of reminding them about this deadly disease.
“We may be at level 2, but that doesn’t mean the virus has gone.”
The children’s rights activist is not letting the global pandemic put him off his stride.
He will be expanding his efforts to teach community workers in a small village near Stutterheim about children’s rights and the coronavirus.
Colleague Ntombehlubi Damane said during Child Protection Week this year, Paatjie had held a street demonstration in Beacon Bay to promote children’s rights.
“He is in full-time employment in the Eastern Cape department of human settlements, but still makes time for the community,” Damane said.
“I just admire the fact that he still finds time in his busy work schedule to volunteer and work for the community.
“He sometimes has to take official leave from work to attend awareness sessions and talk about the warning signs of childhood cancer at community functions. He makes so many sacrifices for the community.”