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Nature reserves identified as possible quarantine sites in NC

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Four nature reserves in the Province have been identified as possible Covid-19 sites.

FOUR nature reserves in the Northern Cape have been identified as possible Covid-19 quarantine sites. 

The spokesperson for the provincial Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, Rural Development, Environment and Nature Conservation, Zandisile Luphahla, said the nature reserves that were earmarked were Goegap, Rolfontein, Doornkloof and Witsand.

“All the facilities meet the criteria set out by the Department of Health and each nature reserve was fully inspected before confirmation for quarantine use,” said Luphahla.

“All facilities at the nature reserves have been cleaned and sanitised in accordance with the requirements set out in the regulations pertaining to Covid-19.” 

He added that following an exemption from lockdown regulations, several nature reserves could be utilised as quarantine facilities but were, however, barred from regular operations. 

“The capacities are as follows: Goegap – 46, Rolfontein – 10, Doornkloof – 22 and Witsand – 54 persons.

“Medical supplies and catering will be the responsibility of the Department of Health and the Department of Public Works.” 

Luphahla stated that the MEC for Agriculture, Land Reform, Rural Development, Environment and Nature Conservation, Nomandla Bloem, visited the Rolfontein nature reserve in the Pixley ka Seme District on Monday to assess the facility.

“Sufficient accommodation is available at the provincial nature reserves to accommodate medical personnel should it become necessary.” 

He indicated that game drives would not be available to patients in order to limit exposure of patients and nature reserve personnel during the quarantine period.