‘It’s good and it’s true’: Ubuntu Beds shelters nurses at no cost

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‘It’s good and it’s true’: Ubuntu Beds shelters nurses at no cost

An initiative offers frontline public healthcare workers a safe and private room to stay near hospitals

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Melissa Mandes is a registered nurse in Cape Town, the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic. Unlike 725 nurses in the Western Cape, she has not got coronavirus.

An inspired initiative called Ubuntu Beds (https://www.ubuntubeds.org/) — offering frontline public healthcare workers a safe and private room to stay near hospitals at no cost — reduced her risks of becoming infected.

“With the pandemic going on, I thought I would be at risk first-hand and then Ubuntu Beds popped up. It was perfect,” said Mandes, who has stayed in Ubuntu accommodation for four weeks...

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