The Capricorn District Command Council has on Tuesday 18 August welcomed the easing of risk-adjusted lockdown to level 2 which permits more activities in order to breathe life into the economy and save jobs. The meeting also noted the extension of the National State of Disaster to 15 September 2020.
The meeting emphasised that although a number of activities are now permitted, this is still subject to strict safety protocols to prevent the second wave of infections. Therefore, restrictions such as 50-people limit attending funerals, churches and social gatherings apply; and that wearing a mask in public stays mandatory.
The DCC was pleased with progress made in the supply of water in response to covid-19. This includes the delivery of 192 jojo tanks by the Department of Water and Sanitation; the installation of 145 tanks and the provision of 17 water tanker trucks to areas with dire water shortages. 50 water tankers are actively delivering water across the district, covering over 250 areas on a cycle-return basis. Private sector aid by Venetia Mine in Blouberg has made a huge contribution in this regard with its implementation of assistance water projects which, once completed, will benefit the following areas: Simson (100% complete), Donkerhoek (80% progress), Sias (80% progress); Kromhoek GaMakgato (95% progress) and Taaibosch (90% progress). Anglo Platinum Polokwane Smelters has also dispened ubuntu with the donation of sanitizers, blankets, food parcels and masks to Thuthuzela Victim Empowerment Centre in Seshego. SALGA has recently partnered with CDM and Blouberg Municipality to donate water tank to Matoane village Pre-school.
The Command Council has also welcomed progress made by Eskom in the new installations of transformers. These include the completed installation of two transformers at Makgopong and Bolahlakgomo in Lepelle-Nkumpi and two more at GaManaka Lethaleng in Blouberg. In Molemole there has been 10 transformers which were replaced at Morebeng, Nthabiseng, Ramokgopha Dam, Vuka, Makgatho, Nyakelane and Sekakene Botlokwa.
In the distribution of food parcels, 6,650 households have benefitted from SASSA’s food parcels while food parcels from the District Food Bank have been distributed to 9,353 destitute families. 1,443 families benefitted from community nutrition development centres while 470 people with chronic conditions benefitted from social relief services. Food parcels distributed to children below 7 years stand at 68 and those donated by the Department of Social Development are 3, 333. This brings the total of households that benefited through food parcels to 21, 317 and school uniforms to 173.
In monitoring compliance to the Covid19 protocols, the DCC noted with satisfaction that 146 churches with 1,082 congregants (cumulative) were monitored, 117 (cumulative) schools, 715 (cumulative) funeral services with a total of 35,450 (cumulative) people reached. Lastly, the beds capacity of hospitals in the district is reported to be 819 in capacity and the current admission is at 81.
The DCC has reiterated that, despite the easing of lockdown to level 2, coronavirus is still here and people should not drop their guard but rather double their efforts in taking precautions to circumvent the resurgence.