Msunduzi News (English)

Working with other government­s

- By Sabelo Maphumulo

SAFEGUARDI­NG the health of citizens is one of the key priorities of any government and that is why Msunduzi Municipali­ty moved with speed when the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed at the Pietermari­tzburg Fresh Produce Market, in Mkondeni.

Working with the MEC for the Department of Agricultur­e and Rural Developmen­t (DARD) Mrs Bongi SitholeMol­oi, the Municipali­ty put the necessary precaution­ary measures in place to ensure that the market staff and customers were not exposed to the risk of contractin­g Covid-19.

Mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla and MEC Sithole-Moloi visited the market to assess the precaution­ary measures that were implemente­d and whether they were in compliance with the World Health Organisati­on standards in terms of preventing the spread of the virus.

“I would like to assure people of Msunduzi that it is safe to use our Market and we’ve confirmed for ourselves that their visit to the market will not in any way put their lives at risk,” said Thebolla.

He said after the Covid-19 case was confirmed the Market was closed then thoroughly sanitised.

He said the reason the City decided to reopen the Market was because they wanted to ensure food security in the homes of Msunduzi residents as the facility sells fresh produce in terms of fruits and vegetables.

MEC Sithole-Moloi said: “We are appealing to the public to adhere to the directive given by the President, they must not panic. The person who was found to have Covid-19 is a cashier and she worked in a cubicle enclosed in glass. She also wore a mask and gloves while on duty. What I found encouragin­g is that the municipal staff also prioritise­s health and safety.”

From the Market the leadership went to the DARD Soil Fertility and Analytical Service Lab in Cedara where the department is producing sanitisers. Initially the sanitisers were meant for the department to use in its own facilities but a decision was later made for these to also be distribute­d to farmers as part of the efforts to fight the spread of Covid-19.

Meanwhile the City has also been on the ground rolling out various programmes as part of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak. These include a clean-up campaign which saw the Waste Department cleaning and sanitising facilities such as the Freedom Square Taxi Rank. This was done during the period when the minibus taxis were only allowed to operate during peak hours under level 5 of the national lockdown.

The clean-up team also cut the grass on the neighbouri­ng property and ablution facilities were also cleaned. “We will ensure that this is not done in just this rank but all the taxi ranks in the CBD will be cleaned and sanitised so that they are safe for our people to use,” said Mayor Thebolla.

 ?? (Picture: Andile Mahlaba) ?? MEC Sithole-Moloi and Mayor Thebolla at the Cedara Soil Fertility and Analytical Service Lab
(Picture: Andile Mahlaba) MEC Sithole-Moloi and Mayor Thebolla at the Cedara Soil Fertility and Analytical Service Lab

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