Makhura urges res­i­dents to stay

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - BALD­WIN NDABA

PRE­MIER David Makhura has ap­pealed to more than 15 mil­lion res­i­dents to re­main in the prov­ince dur­ing the 21-day na­tion­wide lock­down which be­gins at mid­night.

Yes­ter­day, the Gaut­eng govern­ment, through its act­ing MEC for So­cial De­vel­op­ment Panyaza Le­sufi, also re­vealed that it would be ac­com­mo­dat­ing “will­ing home­less peo­ple” in schools across the prov­ince which have board­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Le­sufi, wear­ing his of­fi­cial ti­tle of Ed­u­ca­tion MEC, also an­nounced that the pro­vin­cial govern­ment was in talks with labour unions to scrap the June school holidays in their bid to catch up aca­dem­i­cally.

These are mea­sures by the pro­vin­cial govern­ment to help con­tain the spread of the coro­n­avirus and to bring sta­bil­ity in the prov­ince.

Makhura made the ap­peal as the num­ber of in­fected peo­ple with the coro­n­avirus in Gaut­eng rose to 366 re­ported cases yes­ter­day.

But Makhura was adamant that de­spite the in­crease in cases and Gaut­eng be­ing the epi­cen­tre of the virus his prov­ince still had the best med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties to deal with the in­creas­ing coro­n­avirus in­fec­tions.

Makhura urged lo­cal res­i­dents who want to use the 21-day lock­down to flee to their places of birth as an ex­cuse to leave Gaut­eng.

He added that lo­cal and re­gional ra­dio sta­tions across the prov­ince should pro­vide lessons in maths, English, life sciences, his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy and other sub­jects as from April 1.

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