Makhura urges residents to stay
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.