GROBLERSDAL – Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) COVID-19 Command Council held its weekly meeting at Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Chamber on Tuesday.

According to SDM Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila, the meeting was in line with a decision by all districts to engage on Tuesdays ahead of the provincial command council held on Wednesdays.

Ramaila said the main aim of the meeting was to report back to the provincial command council on how far the district was with regard to issues pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Mayor Ramaila pointed that the district health department indicated during the meeting that it had screened 25% households.

“They indicated that in two weeks they would have covered the entirety of the district in terms of screening. We have also had mobile laboratories this last weekend in the district. What happens is that those suspected of having contracted the virus after screening are availed the mobile clinic to test,” said Ramaila.

Ramaila said the mines remained the district’s main challenge since the lifting of their total lockdown last week.

“We are however, working to come up with measures that can assist with regard to the issue of mines. The district health department will follow up on the matter,” said Ramaila.

Executive Mayor Ramaila said efforts were made to ensure that people in the district received water during the lockdown.

Ramaila said several boreholes were refurbished in that regard and that they received 80 water tanks and four trucks for that purpose.

“We are expecting more of those from Lebalelo Water User Association, a cooperative association of water users such as mining companies. We are also looking at getting more water tankers to help in the district,” said Ramaila.

On the issue of food parcels for the needy in the district, Ramaila said that responsibility was placed with social development department but they, as the district, were mobilizing donors to come on board to maximise the reach-out.   

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