A breakdown of the province’s Covid-19 plans
Updated: Mar 26
Temporary shelter for areas where quarantine and self-isolation is not possible, such as informal settlements and locations where several people share accommodation, will be made available by Human Settlements and Public Works.
The government is identifying quarantine sites which will include unused government buildings. They will also provide back-up water tanks to hospitals, government offices and clinics.
The Department of Health will receive additional funds for the procurement of critical medical supplies like protective clothing like gloves, ventilators, surgical masks, aprons, biohazard bags, medicines, sanitizers, set up field hospitals, enrol nurses and nursing assistants.
Communities that do not have water supply will receive disinfection material and hand sanitisers. Informal settlements, rural areas, taxi ranks will be provided with rain water tanks.
The province has set up roadblocks at entry points to conduct screening of passengers and drivers coming into the province as part of mitigating the spread of the virus. Hand sanitisers will be provided for public transport users.
Social development will ensure that provision of additional food parcels to required people, depending on the duration of the disaster and extent of economic disruption, will be provided.
All traditional initiation is suspended for the duration of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs will collaborate in the screening check points as well as advocacy through the House of Traditional Leaders.
Sports, Recreations, Arts and Culture is suspending all sports, cultural and religious events in the province. Rural Development and Agrarian Reform will establish an agricultural task team to implement sector specific prevention plans targeting food production, harvesting, export and import entry points, agro-processing and packaging facilities, postponement of all agricultural shows. They will also implement proactive awareness campaigns targeting farmers, farm workers and to communal areas.
National Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thokozile Didiza, has assured that South Africa has enough food to sustain itself without external intervention. The provincial department will intensify food inspections to improve food safety. The Provincial Treasury which will manage the procurement processes of consumables, medical suppliers will ensure prudent management of the procurement process through a transversal contract with set prices to avoid price manipulation for the procurement of material responding to this pandemic. Nature reserves owned by government and the entire tourism industry have been encouraged to postpone bookings for a year without penalties. The province will work with the national government to assist small businesses to apply for the debt relief fund and business growth facility programme from the Solidarity Fund. There are private sector companies that have written to the Premier committing to work with the government in the implementation of the provincial integrated containment plan for the COVID19.