The company we keep: Anyone doing anything to help fight the coronavirus.

The Company We Keep is a column on the CN&CO blog that profiles some of the most interesting people in our networks. Here we share the details of the lives of people we know, showcasing the extraordinary diversity of our society and proving that people truly are at the heart of everything we do.

There are millions of people doing what they can to play their role in ensuring the country survives.

The entire medical industry. Not only doctors but nurses and physios and office administrators and scientists and cleaners and security guards (and many more roles than I can describe here) who keep the hospitals, clinics, recovery facilities and services that save lives operational.

Industries from farming to logistics to retail to finances who ensure life continues “as normal” for the majority of the population. Workers, essential or “not” (every job is essential in South Africa) who strive to keep their livelihoods, contribute to the economy and provide for their families.

Companies, charities, communities, groups and organisations that are hanging on by a thread to keep the economy going, people employed and the welfare of every citizen in South Africa at the forefront of what they do.

Teachers and lecturers doing their utmost best to continue educating despite the overwhelming difficulties. Individuals who choose to make a difference, big or small, day in and day out.

Far more eloquent people have written far better tributes on this topic, and described far more people than I can hope to. There is nothing new to read here that you haven’t heard elsewhere, yet I personally need to be reminded of all the good that is being done in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Day by day, increment by increment, most people are making a positive difference.

It is good to be reminded of this, not only in times of pandemic, but always.

Thank you.