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14th April - Update
Dear Residents
Last week our President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has called on us again to stand together with the extension of the lockdown period until 30th April 2020.  I am sure most people expected this but it still doesn’t make it any easier.  The count down of 14/21 was starting to look so good,  but with the latest announcement it's time to start again with day 1/21 starting on Good Friday. On the plus side, as of today we are past the overall halfway mark.
President Ramaphosa did mention that there would be amendments to the regulations of this lockdown so once these have been announced, we will make sure to communicate them to you. We do know that mass screening and testing has begun. Mount Edgecombe is scheduled for the 17th of April and as soon as we receive any further information we will share this with you. Please click here to view the full schedule. 
It has been a steep learning curve for all of us but now more than ever we are going to have to dig deep and find the extra patience, empathy and tolerance with our family and neighbours.  After being married to my hubby for 30 years (18 days, 8 hours, 3 minutes and 56 seconds of that being in lockdown) he really does make a noise when chewing his Cornflakes at breakfast.  Very annoying! :) So, I popped down to the shops and have bought him some porridge (not sure if he eats porridge) but now we have a happy wife which means happy life! :) :)
I am sure many of you did not even know you had neighbours but now you sure do!  You have been watching Marathon Manny running around his garden puffing and panting, then, of course, there are the children playing Marco-Polo in the swimming pool and let’s not forget about Tim ‘The Toolman’ Taylor who now has no excuse but to get all the odd jobs done in the house that have been put off for the past six months!  I urge all residents to continue exercising patience, consideration, tolerance and most of all good neighbourly behavior to ensure that we all get through this tough time together. 
Talking about being a good neighbor – special thanks to Stuart Dicks for the use of his lawnmower to Alf Mathan.  Alf in turn assisted in his neighbourhood to mow the lawn of many gardens – well done Alf.  (I am not too sure about the electrical cable around your neck though!)
On Thursday I received some beautiful photographs of sightings on the Estate.
Thank you to John Oliver for the photo of the Immature Crowned Eagle sitting on his son’s balcony, how special is that! 
Thank you also to Kevin Louden for the beautiful photo of this Heron.
This is also a beautiful photo sent to me by Murray Donkin on his way to work this week. Our Estate sure is beautiful and showing off.
Lauren and Paul Ginn did the Bambelela marathon yesterday for Hillcrest Aids centre in their garden. Lauren did 10kms and Paul did 21km!! Amazing what we can do with limited choices - I am sure the patch of grass and driveway will never look the same! 
A special thanks again to all our Residents that are part of the essential services, thank you so much for everything you are doing for us.  Be safe! There is an illustration below with instructions on how to make a homemade mask.

Kind Regards

Desiree Stone
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