A summary of the last two months

For 2 months now I have been trying to present the figures available on the Internet by various institutions on the extent and effects of the Corana virus on this website (klick here) in the form of statistical graphs. First, I only had the figures of the South Africa Nation and its provinces in view. At that time, at the end of April 2020, I had already noticed two things:

  1. The figures published by the South African “National Institute for Communicable Diseases” (NICD) were, and still are, figures without reference to the population in each province.

    Source: Twitter account of NICD
    Source: Twitter account of NICD
  2. Furthermore, from today's point of view, I do not think it is sufficient to analyse only the figures from South Africa. I can imagine that there are also people in South Africa who are interested in the development of the pandemic in Germany. Although I had indicated from the beginning in the article about the Corona emergency aid to the homepage of the "Robert Koch Institute" (RKI), which has a similar task in Germany as the NICD in South Africa, I doubt that its German-language dashboard with the current figures is understandable for all interested parties.


Since 23 May, in addition to the general development of the Corana case numbers, there have also been representations of the ratio of recoveries, deaths and sufferers in the provinces of Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. These provinces have the highest infection rates in South Africa, which is certainly also related to the major cities in these provinces.

Date: 23.05.2020
Date: 23.05.2020

On June 6, 2020, I introduced a third graphic that includes the representation of infected and acutely ill people based on the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Among other things, it became clear how much these values differ from the average in South Africa, both upwards and downwards. The source of the population figures in the provinces is the official homepage of the government of South Africa.

The following day, on 7 June, I supplemented this presentation with comparative figures from Germany, for the whole of Germany, for the state of Lower Saxony and the district of Osnabrück.

Here you can see:

  1. The average infection rates in the countries of South Africa and Germany are similar. If the recognizable trend continues, South Africa will achieve a higher infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants in the next few days than Germany.
  2. The land of Lower Saxony is currently comparable to the province of Gauteng in terms of infection figures per 100,000 inhabitants.
  3. The province of Eastern Cape has now "overtaken" the district of Osnabrück in terms of infection rate.

The situation for acutely ill people in both nations is completely different today:

It is clear that the rate has fallen sharply in Germany, dropping below the national average of less than 10 people per 100,000 inhabitants, while in South Africa it has risen to more than 100 people per 100,000 inhabitants. The reasons for this are manifold:

  1. The virus arrived in Germany a month earlier than in South Africa.
  2. The regulations of the two governments were similar, but not the same. In addition, they have had different effects due to the different medical care capacities and the different social legislation. In Germany, for example, no child or family had to suffer hunger when the schools were closed. Nevertheless, there have also been families in Germany whose food supply has been severely restricted, as they were not aware of state support mechanisms or were not entitled or able to apply for them.
  3. Social resistance to the restriction of personal freedoms is different. There have been demonstrations in both countries calling for the restrictions to be relaxed or lifted.
  4. Finally, in both countries, we have been "supplied" with untrue news and theories (fake news) on social media.


What about the spread of COVID-19 worldwide?

I have been increasingly interested in this question in recent weeks. There is a lot of data, but unfortunately it is not always comparable. In particular, the number of acutely ill patients is often not mentioned. They are not easy to find either in the dashboard of Johns Hopkins University in the USA, nor at the RKI in Germany or the South African NICD.

Dashboard Johns Hopkins Univertity,
Dashboard Johns Hopkins Univertity,

However, all three platforms display the current levels of the total infected people, the deceased and the people who have survived the disease and thus recovered. So I calculated these figures: the sum of the infected minus the sum of the deceased minus the sum of the recovering people is the sum of the acutely ill. These figures are available for the federal states or provinces in South Africa and Germany, but also for all countries of the world. So two new maps have been created, which I present here for the first time.

The world map with the numbers of infected in (almost) all countries of our planet
Date: 25.06.2020
Date: 25.06.2020,© EILERS-Media, 2020
The world map with the numbers of the currently ill.
Date: 25.06.2020
Date: 25.06.2020,Date: 25.06.2020,© EILERS-Media, 2020

The data of these maps were transferred by me to color values on June 25 and 26, 2020. I would like to note that the scaling is similar, but not the same. I will try to match this with the planned weekly updates.

It is interesting to note that the data are sometimes very different in relation to a single country. For example, Germany has a high rate of infected persons, but only a low rate among acutely ill people. On the other hand, the number and thus the rate of acutely ill people in the USA is still very high.

In South Africa, due to the diversity of all the figures in the provinces, there is an inconsistent development, which is in the middle of the international comparison in the national values. However, these figures are significantly influenced by the high numbers of people infected in Western Cape and the sharp increase in new infections in the provinces of Gauteng, Eastern Cape and also in KwaZulu-Natal. The significant increase in the number of infections has been particularly marked since the South African government relaxed the bans and restrictions.

In Germany, too, the number of new infections increased slightly last week, after falling steadily the month before. Scientists and, in some cases, politicians are now warning of a "second wave" of the virus. In particular, the large numbers of infections in meat processing plants show us the failures of the past with cheap labour from Eastern Europe and inhumane housing conditions of these European migrant workers. The upcoming summer holidays in Europe also pose a risk that the virus will spread again if the distance rules and the mask requirement are not adhered to.

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Greetings to all readers – and: Stay healthy and careful!

Eckhard Eilers  EE_20200420

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Corona emergency aid South Africa: People from the Osnabrück region donate more than €30,000 to people at risk of hunger in the Durban/South Africa region. In just three weeks, church circles and organizations are raising an incredible amount of money for the South African poorest of the poor!

Barometer_2020061530,171,07€ this is the current status of the donation barometer! "We have received more than twice as many donations as we had quietly hoped for," says Anke Meckfessel, who organised the appeal for donations with the partnership committees in the circuits of Bramsche and Melle-Georgsmarienhütte and the friends of partnership association e.V. The people in charge would have already counted €15,000 as a success. Because the situation due to the Corona pandemic is also very difficult here in Germany. But most people here have a home and know that they will still have enough food tomorrow.
The situation is different in South Africa: the sudden curfew has cut off earning opportunities, soup kitchens and other offers of help. Neighbourhood aid was able to absorb the loss at the beginning. But now the gardens and wallets are empty – and hunger is part of everyday life. This is reported by the South African partner communities in the province of KwaZuluNatal in agreement.

The collected money will now be transferred to the lutheran circuits in South Africa. There, those responsible will put the money into the places that a particularly large number of people have to feed. Food rations and hygiene items are purchased centrally. The otherwise closed churches serve to assemble the packages needed depending on the size of the household – and many volunteers then bring the rations, sometimes almost 100km far, to the poorest of the poor – the currently hungry.

"It almost doesn't matter: the people here are dying of hunger or on/with Corona." One member, Mrs Nellie Luthuli, of the Partnership Committee in Durban sums up the situation. She continued: "Winter is here now, the number of infections continues to rise and on – we don't know what it will be like in three to four months."

That is why the circuits in Osnabrück region have decided not to close the donation barometer "We suspect that we want to give another sum to South Africa in the European autumn to provide further support and support our partners so that the worst can hopefully be prevented." This is how the patron of the appeal for donations, Superintendent Hannes Meyer-ten Thoren, summarizes the action.

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The partnership committees of the circuits Bramsche and Melle-Georgsmarienhütte together with "Friends of Partnership e.V." are calling for a "Corona Emergency Aid South Africa" fundraising campaign to help our partners in South Africa to alleviate the greatest need.

Donations are possible:

Kirchenamt Osnabrück,
IBAN: DE87 2655 0105 0000 0450 88,
Verwendungszweck: Corona-Soforthilfe Südafrika




Friends of Partnership
IBAN: DE48 2655 2286 0000 1014 93
Verwendungszweck: Corona-Soforthilfe Südafrika


We are going on collecting!

The patron of the fundraiser, Dean Hannes Meyer-ten Thoren, Melle-Georgsmarienhütte circuit, says: "We must now show our Christian solidarity with our South African partners so that people can survive."
The fundraising campaign is based on various reports that have reached us in the past few days and weeks. See below. Since the corona virus reached Europe in early March and South Africa only a month later, the effects are very different. While there are various aid systems in Germany (short-time work aid, unemployment aid, state special funds, employer support, wage subsidies for systemically relevant work areas), the country of South Africa is further away from state aid: school meals for children in need have dropped away completely since the schools closed on 24 March, which particularly affects children and young people who have to live without parents and who are dependent on their grandparents' insufficient pension. Pastors are also affected, most of whom are paid for by the donations of worshipers - but like in Germany - the services have not been possible in South Africa since the end of March.

Child headed family in Christianenburg parish (2007)
Child headed family in Christianenburg parish (2007)

South Africa is still at the beginning of the pandemic and no easing of restrictions is in sight. The curves of the infected and deceased are still clearly increasing. The following graphic shows that the provinces of Western Cape (Cape Town and the surrounding area), Eastern Cape, Gauteng (Greater Johannesburg / Pretoria) and KwaZulu-Natal in the south-east of the country are particularly affected.

More information about statistics on this homepage: klick here!

Shortcuts in the grafics: EC = Eastern Cape, FS = Free State, GP = Gauteng Province; KZN = KwaZulu-Natal, LP = Limpopo Province, MP = Mpumalanga Province, NC = Northern Cape, NW = North West Province, WC = Western Cape

Date: 08.07.2020
Date: 08.07.2020
Date: 08.07.2020
Date: 08.07.2020


(graphics are updated daily if possible, data taken from

Download the grafics as pdf-file: Corona_Stat_RSA_20200708_new

Graphics of the pandemy in Germany you may find at

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Here are some descriptions from friends in South Africa:

"The sad thing is that although the number of infections is not as high as Gauteng and Cape Town but Ethekwini (Durban and surounding locations) death rate is the highest in the country. Präsident Cyril Ramaphosa has been a shining star in coordinating leading teams from various professionals, scientists, academics and interest community groups to set up systems to curtail the spread of the disease. Unfortunately it can not be prevented but can be somewhat controlled. The sad situation is that over 9 million school children who have been assisted to get food from a school feeding program can not get food because of schools being closed since March. High unemployment, continuous loss of jobs exposes people from possibly dying from hunger on one side and from Covid,- 19 on the other hand. The Government has tried in many ways to raise money which means increasing debt to support the poor. Through the media over 16 million rand has been raised by people from all walks of life to provide food parcels for the poor. Some people in the rural areas find it difficult to keep to the Lockdown rules of reducing the number of people in funerals, stop going to church and avoid overcrowding by stopping organising community rituals like weddings and parties. This raises the infection rate.  The Department of health started intensive case finding by testing communities. They should be testing about 8000 people country wide on a daily basis. Through this activity they are able to find cases who would probably not even go to hospital because they may not even be having symptoms of the disease and yet spreading the virus. Ethekwini is one of the hot sports of the disease do ad much as possible we should be observing the rules of preventing spreading the disease.“

Rhosta Gcaba, Durban-Westville, 26.04.2020

Verteilung von Lebensmittelpaketen in Ntuzuma
Verteilung von Lebensmittelpaketen in Ntuzuma

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Street shop
Street shop

„I sell sweets, fries, cookies, and fruit at Dukemini Elementary School. I have had no income since the Covid 19 pandemic because I depend on the money I make from selling it.”

Miss Elisabeth Mlambo




Rev. Joe Lüdemann JL"Social distancing in a tin hut settlement is simply impossible: If seven people live on 9m² and the next tin hut is one meter away, there is a tap for 30 tin huts and there are no toilets, then there is no way out.”

Joe Lüdemann, Durban

Tin made huts in a township
Tin made huts in a township



“As for the food parcels, I think they are not enough and do not reach everyone. I think it’s best if people get coupons or money to shop for themselves for about 3 months. ”


Pirna circuit also supports its partner parishes Mtulwa and Pietermaritzburg-North with an appeal for donations for the pastors' salaries.


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Friends of Partnership: General Annual Meeting on 6th June 2018

Memory of deceased members

The general meeting commemorates the deceased members Ernst-August Gausmann (Barkhausen Rabber) and Wolfgang Striesche (Bennien). Both members have supported the partnership work for many years.

New board elected

In its general meeting, the association elected a new board on June 6th, 2018 and rethought the awarding of the funding. The board has been elected for the next 2 years:
1.    Chair: Elke Eilers (Bad Essen Parish)
2.    2nd chair: Henning Enge (Melle-Petri Parish)
3.    Scripture: Susanne Storck (Ahrenshorst Parish)
4.    Cashier: Simone Koch (Ahrenshorst Parish)

The general meeting thanked Rev. ret. Duscha for his great energy, which he has invested in board work for so many years (photo). Together with Eckhard Eilers Rev. Duscha will continue to design the Friends of Partnership newsletter.

New funded projects

Pastor Duscha reported on his visit to the partner circuits in South Africa in October/November 2017. Afterwards the project Bishopstowe was discontinued by the South African side. Friends of Partnership regretted this step very much, as initial progress was evident. It was also regretted that the investments for the development of the site by the Diakonisches Werk in city and district Osnabrück were lost. Due to the closure of the Bishopstowe project and due to the good experience with the Bursery Fund, the General Assembly, at the request of the Board, decides on the following new rules for awarding the funding:
"In future, the association will promote various projects in ­South Africa and Germany. For this purpose, the Executive Board is commissioned to develop criteria for the approval of project applications received and to apply them provisionally. At the next general meeting (June 2019), the members will discuss the criteria catalog and the experiences made and vote on the list of criteria. The maximum subsidy amount should not exceed € 1,000 per project."

The Executive Board is currently working on the eligibility criteria. Irrespective of this, we would like to ask you all for grant applications in order to gain an overview. From now on, all parishes in South Africa and Germany can send project applications to Friends of Partnership through their parish councils. Requests for strengthening of faith, social contacts between parishioners or parishes, applications for social integration of marginalized groups or initiatives against racism will receive special attention in accordance with the statute of Friends of Partnership. Applications for construction measures will currently not be considered. The precise award criteria will be officially announced by the Board following its meeting in January 2019, through the partnership bodies of the circuits and partner parishes, as well as the Friends of Partnership website. Please send the applications with name and contact details of the project management to the mail address of the chairlady:

Bad Essen, 16th December, 2018

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Dear friends of the partnership work,
The last 12 months have passed very fast. Our intense life in the north and south has filled the days. Did the annual watch word 2018 fulfilled us?

GOD says:
I will give to the thirsty
the springs of the water of life
– as a gift.

The Revelation 21,6

Somehow we have remained "thirsty". The desert of missing humanity and the veld fires of war, displacement, corruption and hunger are spreading again. Did we actually think in the "good years" that we could control or even control injustice and strife? Maybe, they just took a break and we did not influence them? To be a Christian, to be a Lutheran Christian, is and remains a challenge.
I admit that sometimes I am very ­tired about the efforts my conviction sets on me. And then there comes a year-long watch word for 2019 on the plan, which calls me again actively to act:

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace an pursue it.

Psalm 34,14

I should not only seek, find, promote and preserve peace. No, I should chase after him. Does peace, the peace of justice, run away from us? Is something missing that we had already? Are we too slow or too tired to hold it? Don't we have enough strength and energy to shape it? Do we point out the discord, which does not emerge consistently enough through ­false allegations, disinformation and corruption? GOD, does our faith in Jesus Christ and belonging to the Lutheran Church give us the permission or even the commission to become active? How much democratic disobedience do we have to apply as Lutheran Christians to chase after those who disturb peace?
Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the temple because they deeply disturbed the peace of the church. He himself has shown us that there are values for which we must actively participate, even if things become uneasy and uncomfortable for us.
Let's stay on the ball and fulfill our mission. To chase peace means not to give a meter of space to those­ sowing the seeds of strife. It remains true: Peace arises through justice. Racism, aggression and corruption lead to strife. God grant us in 2019 the strength and per­severance to chase after His peace and the wisdom to be consistent and emphatic at the right moment.
Elke Eilers, Chairlady

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Good news in December 2018: Our newest Friends-of-Partnership-newsletter No. 18 is online now. On 18 pages we tell what happened in matters of lutheran church partnerships of Bramsche circuit, Durban circuit, Melle-Georgsmarienhütte circuit, Pirna circuit and Umngeni circuit. Your can download the pdf-file just here: FOP_Newsletter_18

Enjoy this new edition and send your comment to elke(at) or h.duscha(at) or eckhard.eilers(at)

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Ernst-August Gausmann died yesterday,

After a long fight against illness, our friend and member of „friends of partnership“, Mr. Ernst-August Gausmann, died yesterday in an age of 71 years. We are mourning together with the Gausmann family.

DSC_8985Ernst-August was very much engaged in our lutheran church. Since long time he was a voluntary worker in his home parish Barkhausen-Rabber. He was a member of the parish council and represented his parish in the synods of the former Melle-circuit and in Bramsche circuit. Since 2013, he has been the chairman of the Bramsche circuit synod. The last five years, he was additionally a member of the Lutheran Church of Hanover to represent the Osnabrück reagion.

Ernst-August got an education as a lay preacher in our church and helped the pastors with services in many parishes and old-age-homes. His very interest was on the history of „his“ home church, St. Kathrine in Barkhausen, which is one of the oldest churches in the region with roots which are more than 1000 years old.

Ernst-August Gausmann had (not only) a special view on the partnership relation between Barkhausen-Rabber parish and Chatsworth parish in Durban circuit. He was a member of the Melle circuit partnership committee from 2007 till 2012 and the same in the circuit partnership committee of Bramsche from 2013 till yesterday and he represented his parish in the membership meetings of „friends of partnership“ with high engagement.

When he visited Chatsworth in 2012, he was fully “enlighted“ for the churches partnership and helped to revive this parish relation and made it (together with the friends in Chatsworth) a living relation. He was in the parish team to prepare the delegation visit from Chatsworth in June 2014. He planned to visit Chatsworth again early this year, but had to cancel he trip shortly before the start because of his illness.

We have lost a brave and strong co-worker for Gods work in this one-world.

From South Africa Nathi Myka, Dean of Umngeni circuit, wrote: “Condolences to the bereaved family and to all who moarn his death. May he rest in peace.”

The chairman of the Durban circuit partnership committee and the co-ordinating partnership committee of Durban and Umngeni circuit, Mr. Khumalo wrote: “Condolences to the family friends and the church especially the Bramsche circuit. May he rest in peace.”

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Good news in September: Our newest Friends-of-Partnership-newsletter No. 17 is online now. On 19 pages we tell what happened in matters of lutheran church partnerships of Bramsche circuit, Durban circuit, Melle-Georgsmarienhütte circuit, Pirna circuit and Umngeni circuit. Your can download the pdf-file just here: FOP_Newsletter_17

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The week from June 10th till yesterday (June 16th) had many different and informative topics for the delegation from Christianenburg parish visiting its partner parish Bad Essen till 21st of June.

Saturday, June 10th: Sightseeing in Osnabrück

In the town hall of Osnabrück, where the peace contract has been signed 1648.

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Together with Dr. Werner Kröger, Ulrich Höfelmeier, Carola Wientke and Elke Eilers the delegation had a sightseeing walk in the city of Osnabrück. They saw and got information:
Townhall with the hall where the Westphalian peace contract was signed 1648 to end the 30-years-war in the mids of Europe.
St. Marys church (Lutheran)
Dome (rom.-kath.)
and some more places.

Sunday, June 11th: Trombone choirs rally

The delegation took part in the circuits trombone choir rally in Rabber (next parish to the East of Bad Essen). Choirs mainly from the Melle area and the parishes in the Eastern part of Bramsche circuit had invited to this Sunday service happening in a brand new hall owned by the regional water supplier.

Monday, June 12th to Tuesday, June 13th: Visit to the Wartburg and Wittenberg
At the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, where (aus the legend says) Martin Luther "posted" the 95 themes.

At the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, where (aus the legend says) Martin Luther "posted" the 95 themes.

Together with Rev. Elfriede Siemens the three ladies drove to the Wartburg, where Martin Luther had to spend about one year and did the main parts of translation of the bible to the German language.
Thereafter, the delegation visited Wittenberg, where the reformation started 500 years ago. The Castle Church, the Town Church, the Luther House (where Luther lived together with his wife Katharina, their children and many temporary guests) were shown and explained to the guests from the South.
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Wednesday, June 14th: circuit conference and Friends of Partnership annual membership meeting

Parish secretary Carola Wientke, the house ceeper of the parish hall and Lungile Majozi preparing the meal to have after die annual meeting meeting of Friends of Partnership.
Parish secretary Carola Wientke, the house ceeper of the parish hall and Lungile Majozi preparing the meal to have after die annual meeting meeting of Friends of Partnership.

In the morning the guests were invited to the conference of Pastors and Deacon working in Bramsche circuit. The meeting took place in the Bad Essen parish hall. They had the opportunity to speak with the pastors and Dean Hans Hentschel.
The Friends of Partnership association (regional welfare organisation to support the churches partnerships) met in the evening again in the parish hall of Bad Essen. Chairlady Elke Eilers welcomed the guests, who were involved in the discussions about the Bishopstowe Project (Agape food) and the general aims and the future of the free association. Many members were thankful to have the opportunity to greet the guests had to have some private words with them.


Thursday, June 15th: Visit to a college for social and old age health care in Bad Essen, One-World-Shop and weaver museum in Bramsche and information for the partnership committee of Bad Essen parish.

After a visit to a college for social and old age health care in Bad Essen in the morning and a trip to Bramsche to see the One-World-Shop and weaver museum, in the evening, the delegation informed the Bad Essen parish partnership committee about the usage of the donations for the bursary fond which were distributed to children and students in Christianenburg parish in the years 2015 and 2016.


Thereafter the ladies followed an invitation to the St. Nikolai church where the church choir had its weekly rehearsal hour (see above). Singing together was very enjoyable for both sides.

Meike Wolter, Rhosta Gcaba and Elke Eilers (from left)
Meike Wolter, Rhosta Gcaba and Elke Eilers (from left)

At the very end of this long day a surprise was arranged for Rhosta Gcaba: Meike Wolter, who had been in South Africa as a volunteer worker for half a year in 2003, popped in. She had some weeks in Rhostas home that time and both enjoyed meeting after that long time.


Friday, June 16th: Kindergarten and confirmation class


In the late morning the delegation visited the Wehrendorf kindergarten accompanied by Eckhard Eilers. They got information about the number of children and stuff members, day and learning structures and the basics of support and control by the municipality and county authorities. The children were singing for the guests, the same the guests did for the children.
On the afternoon program the delegation took part in the confirmation class of the first year of three, which is for children in an age around 10 years. After a break of three years the confirmation class continues for two year with the confirmation serve at the end in an age of about 14 years.


At the end: Friends have asked me to install a possibility to comment on the text. This is possible, but I fear that this might be misused by all those people in the world, who want to advertise or those who do not show any respect to the visitors of this page or even want to send bad news or to distribute racism into the world. This is indeed not the wish of Friends of Partnership.
So: If you have any comment – positive or negative – or if you have news about the partnership of Melle-Georgsmarienhütte, Bramsche, Umngeni, Umvoti, Durban and Pirna circuit: Please fell free to send photo(s) and text to me:

Thank you for understanding!

Eckhard Eilers

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