GROBLERSDAL – Sekhukhune District Municipality’s (SDM) Covid-19 Command Centre met at the municipality’s offices in Groblersdal on Thursday.

The meeting, under the chairmanship of Executive Mayor Stanley Ramaila, enjoyed the attendance of all local municipality mayors and their municipal managers, South African Police Service (SAPS) cluster commanders, social development department, Coghsta, home affairs and Sassa representatives as well as SDM Covid-19 team and Covid-19 volunteers.

 Regarding issues, a report from the health department stated that Sekhukhune still had a zero case under attention and that hospitals continued to screen and test all patients visiting their centres. Philadelphia Hospital in Dennilton was ready to received Covid-19 patients, while Dilokong and Matlala hospitals outside Burgersfort and Marble Hall respectively were on standby.

Police reported that the lockdown went well until Sassa started paying out grants but the situation was gradually going back to normal.

The seating learnt that spaza shops and tavern owners continued to pose structural challenges. For an example, selling of alcohol through backdoors and not using sanitizers.

Executive Mayor Ramaila instructed all local municipalities to provide shelter for the homeless while social development department and Non-Governmental Organisations were consulted for food parcels.

Ramaila reassured that Sekhukhune was responsible to ensure that there was water at all villages and said currently, the district municipality and the Department of Water and Sanitation was rolling out massive water tanks and trucks and unlocking boreholes programs so that everybody within the district got water.

Hotspot areas are those with serious need for water and the sourced water tanks and trucks would be distributed accordingly to all such areas.

It was further reported that mayors and officials were outlining finishing touches towards massive campaigns against the Covid-19 spread using water.

Willy Mosoma, SDM Spokesperson, said the Covid-19 Command Centre is set to seat every week and as and when it is urgent.

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