Western Cape pre­par­ing hard for the lock­down


LAW En­force­ment ve­hi­cles were seen us­ing loud hail­ers around ar­eas of Cape Town to make sure com­mu­ni­ties were made fully aware of the se­ri­ous­ness of the coro­n­avirus out­break and how to keep them­selves and their loved ones healthy.

The Western Cape had recorded a to­tal of 148 con­firmed cases yes­ter­day. Four of the prov­ince’s six dis­tricts have con­firmed Covid-19 in­fec­tions.

Yes­ter­day, Pre­mier Alan Winde said the prov­ince had placed or­ders worth R45 mil­lion for med­i­cal equip­ment and personal pro­tec­tive equip­ment.

“Cabi­net to­day ap­proved a pro­posal by the pro­vin­cial Trea­sury to make funds avail­able for the coro­n­avirus re­sponse in terms of Sec­tion 25 of the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment

Act. The pro­posal al­lows for un­der-spend­ing on the com­pen­sa­tion of em­ploy­ees, in the De­part­ments of Health, So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Lo­cal Govern­ment, from the 2019/20 year, to be re­tained and repri­ori­tised.

“The pro­posal also al­lows for fund­ing, kept aside in the 2020/21 fi­nan­cial year for un­fore­seen and un­avoid­able ex­pen­di­ture, to be used to bol­ster the Western Cape Govern­ment’s coro­n­avirus re­sponse,” Winde said.

In a string of pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures, the City an­nounced clo­sures of more non-es­sen­tial ser­vices yes­ter­day, from elec­tric­ity ser­vices, driv­ing li­cence test­ing cen­tres, mo­tor ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion of­fices, to mu­nic­i­pal of­fices, amid the lock­down.

Mayor Dan Plato said po­lice would be the lead agency in terms of en­forc­ing the pro­vi­sions of the lock­down.

“We ask res­i­dents to post­pone non-es­sen­tial vis­its to their lo­cal clinic and resched­ule ap­point­ments un­til af­ter the lock­down,” he said.

A LAW en­force­ment of­fi­cer an­nounces Covid-19 mea­sures in the city. | CAPE TOWN

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