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Municipality intensifies steps to combat Covid-19

Following South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration of a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act of 15 March, to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, Drakenstein Municipality has intensified its steps in an effort to limit the possible spread of the coronavirus in Drakenstein and beyond.

Alderman Conrad Poole, Mayor of Drakenstein, says: “As the largest municipality in the Western Cape outside Cape Town, Drakenstein Municipality fully understands and appreciates the serious nature of this pandemic.

“To mitigate the spread of Covid-19 as far as possible, we have decided on particular steps – not only in the interests of our Drakenstein community, but also of our staff so they can continue to deliver excellent services to the public.”

Drakenstein Municipality has announced the following steps to mitigate the spread of Covid-19: . All municipal resorts and swimming pools will be closed from 18 March until further notice.. Hygiene measures at municipal buildings will be increased as well as the regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects that members of the public and/or municipal staff often come into physical contact with. . All municipal community meetings will be cancelled until further notice – invitees will be informed accordingly. Drakenstein Municipal Council meetings will continue as normal.. Non-essential travel by municipal staff will be limited.. The health of municipal staff will be closely monitored.. Municipal staff are strongly encouraged to follow the prescribed hygiene steps, and . Municipal staff experiencing Coronavirus infection symptoms should report these to their supervisors, self-isolate and request to be tested.

Says Poole: “As health care remains national and provincial competencies, the Municipality follows the protocol and planning of the Western Cape Government – in cooperation with the National Department of Health – when cases of coronavirus infection are diagnosed in Drakenstein.”

Drakenstein Municipality supports the other government spheres by distributing basic information relating to the coronavirus – including details of the National Department of Health’s public hotline, 0800 029 999 (Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 16:00) – via its communication platforms, such as its Facebook page, the municipal website and local media.

The municipality strongly advises residents to take precautions, follow good hygiene principles, and rely only on information from trusted, verifiable sources such as the:. World Health Organisation website, www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019. . Western Cape Health Department website, www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/health, and. National Institute for Communicable Diseases website, www.nicd.ac.za.

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