The public at large is urged to remain calm but very cautious about Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The municipality would like to alert the local community and the general public about the Coronavirus (COVED-19) which is not only a matter of great national importance but also a global pandemic. The scale and speed at which the virus is spreading shows that this pandemic spares no community which therefore calls for all of us to be very vigilant about it.

Whilst our communities are advised to remain calm or composed about the virus but they should be very cautious and vigilant about it since there are cases of internal transmission that have been reported in our country. As the municipality we will be joining hands with other stakeholders both from public and private sector to ensure that we play our role in combating the spread of the Coronavirus (COVED-19). We will be embarking on vigorous staff advocacy campaign, put some internal measures to ensure that our staff and Councillors are well informed about the virus, how it spreads and necessary precautionary measures to avoid being infected.

We will also be extending awareness campaigns to our communities but also align ourselves to measures announced by the President of the Republic of South Africa when addressing the nation this past Sunday 15 March 2020 on this pandemic. We will play our role by:
  • Providing sanitizers in our community service centres and public facilities like libraries, halls and other facilities of this nature
  • Working with other agencies in enforcing prohibition of gatherings of more than 100 people
  • Suspend Breathalyser usage by our Law Enforcement Officers
  • As much as possible, limit meetings or gatherings but instead use other means of communication and consultation
  • Activate our Local Joint Operation Centre (JOC) which will seat every Friday at 09h00

In order for the above to be effective, it will require cooperation from our communities and the general public but we also urge them to continue following the four (04) Precautions to avoid being infected;
  • WASH YOUR HANDS (wash your hands with soup thoroughly. If water and soap are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer)
  • PRACTICE GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE (cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Avoid touching your face with dirty or unwashed hands at all times and avoid contact with people who are sick)
  • DO NOT SHARE FOOD AND UTENSILS (only use clean utensils and do not share drinks. Always clean your hands before eating)
  • SEE A DOCTOR IF YOU ARE UNWELL (if you have typical symptoms like coughing, runny nose, fever and shortness of breath seek medical attention promptly. Call the clinic or doctor ahead of your visit and inform them of your symptoms and travel history)

We would also like to advise our communities to ignore all unproven myths about Coronavirus (COVED-19) and that we must know that as of now, there is no cure or vaccine for it but only the symptoms that can be treated. Let us heed the call by the President to “act together, act now and act decisively.” END

For more information contact:
Simon M April
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
+27 72 057 5387
+27 86 529 7121 /