MOOIHOEK – Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila, visited Nakgwadi Secondary School at Mooihoek Village outside Burgersfort on Monday, 08 June 2020.
This as a number political leaders embarked on COVID-19 monitoring programmes and awareness campaigns at various schools across the province when Grades 7 and 12 learners reopened for the resumption of the 2020 academic year which was halted in March this year following the rampant spread of the virus.
Addressing the teachers at the school situated in Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality, a mining hub and COVID-19 epicenter of recent in the province, Ramaila said they were at the school as part of the National Coronavirus Command Council’s decision that the Provincial Command Councils and District Command Councils ought to embark on intensive programmes to monitor schools’ reopening.
Ramaila said together with the Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality, Ralepane Mamekoa, they chose the mining area of Dilokong Platinum belt because that was where Sekhukhune reported its first COVID-19 case.
The executive mayor said theirs was to make sure that they played their part as they fought the COVID-19 pandemic.
“And of course, we are very happy with all the measures Nakgwadi Secondary School is undertaking to prevent the spread of the virus,” said Ramaila.
He said in summary, Nakgwadi Secondary School was complying with all safety procedures from the gate, 1.5 meter markings for social distancing were visible, every person entering the premises was sanitized, screened, sitting arrangements for Grade 12 learners were in order and everybody, teachers, learners and general workers were wearing masks.
Nakgwadi Secondary School Principal, Dingaan Mabawa, applauded both Modikwa Platinum Mine and the Limpopo Department of Education for ensuring the readiness ahead of the reopening of the school.
Mabawa said the school had enough face masks and sanitisers and that all the classrooms, administration block, ablution facilities and the premises had been fumigated.
Executive Mayor Ramaila made a clarion call for schools in the district to abide by the COVID-19 regulations to curb the spread of the virus.