TO : ALL MEDIA
ATTENTION : NEWS EDITORS
DATE : 17 APRIL 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEDIBENG DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY WELCOMES THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN EXTENSION AND THE NEED TO SUPPORT THE POOR AND THE VULNERABLE
Sedibeng District Municipality welcomes the 2 weeks extension of COVID-19 Lockdown by President Cyril Ramaphosa from the 16th of April 2020 until the 30th of April 2020. The COVID-19 command centre stressed the importance of compliance to the lockdown regulations by communities in order to slow down and reduce the infection of coronavirus (COVID-19). Secondly, the District Coronavirus Command Centre emphasised that communities are to continue to practice social distancing at all times, basic safety and hygiene. Thirdly increased community screening, testing and tracing will be sped up. Fourthly, the urgent need for increased social support was highlighted to protect the poor and the vulnerable groups. In conclusion, the increased intergovernmental relations with all both national and provincial government to minimize the economic and social impacts for businesses and individuals. Executive Mayor appreciates the continued cooperation from the SAPS, SANDF and other law enforcement agencies in ensuring compliance to the lockdown regulations.
During the meeting held on the 17 April 2020, by the District Command Center, the following was noted across the Sedibeng region:
Movements of citizens, particularly in Sebokeng and Evaton. Many individuals are not adhering to social distancing as a rule to curb the spread of COVID-19;
The communities with water challenges continue to be provided with an alternative water supply, 106 Jojo tanks have been installed in Emfuleni, 15 Jojo tanks are installed in Lesedi and Midvaal have installed 7;
Community members are to cooperate with the field health workers during the door to door screening, testing and tracing efforts;
It is a call on the community members to be vigilant and stand against the school burglaries and vandalism that have been reported in Midvaal and Emfuleni Local Municipality;
More than hundred and thirty (130) homeless people have been provided with shelter since the 21 days of the lockdown.
Cllr Busisiwe Modisakeng, Executive Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality reiterated the message of Dr Zweli Mkhize that “There is no medicine for food, but is food”. The region have recorded unprecedented need for social relief support by poor and vulnerable across its local municipalities since the COVID-19 lockdown. And this need is aggravated by the level of unemployment and low economic activity in the region prior the lockdown. “All councillors will have to continue identifying the needy together with the Office of Speakers in the local municipalities for the Gauteng Department of Social Development to process” continued the Executive Mayor. “Every family and community member have to take note that no councillor is responsible for food parcel distribution” Cllr Busisiwe Modisakeng emphasized during the meeting. Most importantly, the
The district invites all business and social actors across the region to donate towards the efforts of government alleviating the impacts and spread of COVID-19 in our region, particularly the material and personal protective equipment and food relief for the poor and the vulnerable. The District Command Centre will continuously work hand in glove with both the national and provincial government towards the slowing down and reducing the infection of COVID-19 and extend her gratitude for contribution from all sectors of society to date. Cllr Modisakeng, encourages the communities to comply with the lockdown regulations, stay at home and follow all the basic safety and hygiene rule. ,
Issued by Sedibeng District Municipality, External Communications. Contact Ms Khosie Masie on 016 450 3964 or email@example.com
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