BURGERSFORT – It emerged during the Sekhukhune COVID-19 District Command Council (DCC)’s virtual meeting on Tuesday, 28 July 2020 that mines that were previously not COVID-19 threatened were currently reporting more positive cases.
It was revealed in the meeting that Thorncliff, Magareng, Mototolo, Hellenna and Samanchor mines, situated in the Eastern Limb at Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality frequently reported positive COVID-19 cases.
According to information at the DCC’s disposal, positive COVID-19 cases were previously reported at Dwarsrivier, Two Rivers, Modikwa and Marula Platinum mines.
The council was briefed that it was on that vital observation that a team of healthcare workers had been dispatched to all those mines to investigate the root cause of the infections and that corrective measures would be put in place to curb further spread of the virus in those mines.
The DCC also interrogated reports on all municipal spending dealing with COVID-19 and progress reports were made available from sector departments pertaining to COVID-19 awareness and monitoring campaigns.
The district municipality’s water and infrastructure department also presented a report with regard to COVID-19 emergency relief projects throughout the district.
Executive Mayor Stanley Ramaila, DCC Chairperson, said they were deeply concerned about the current reported cases of alleged corruption involving COVID-19 funds.
Ramaila made a clarion call to all accounting officers within the district to ensure that funding intended to curb the spread of Coronavirus were spent in compliance with supply chain management policies.
The Chairperson said they would not tolerate anyone who harboured ambitions of self enrichment in misusing funds meant to fight the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
He assured electorates that swift and harsh action would be taken against all those whose hands would be found in the cookie jar.
“Once again, we applaud our frontline workers who remain true to their spiritual call to serve our people. Our healthcare workers have demonstrated conventional love and care for our people, by continuing to remain at the forefront of the war against COVID-19. We appreciate them and will continue to show our support,” said Ramaila.
On Tuesday, 28 July 2020, Sekhukhune had 1394 cumulative cases, 676 active ones, 710 recoveries and eight COVID-19 related deaths.