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Saul outlines Province’s readiness in terms of lockdown implementation plan

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This is what has been done so far.

The Northern Cape Provincial Government has spent the first week of the countrywide lockdown assessing the province’s readiness in terms of the lockdown implementation plan.

In a statement issued on Sunday night by the Premier of the Northern Cape, Dr Zamani Saul, on the progress of the Provincial COVID19 Command Council, it was pointed out that various Members of the Executive Council had visited communities across the Province to assess compliance with the lockdown protocols. They also ensured that grant payments ran in an efficient manner with adherence to social distancing and practising safe hygiene.

On Sunday, Saul, together with the Premiers from all nine Provinces met with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Deputy President, David Mabuza and all Ministers in a virtual meeting of the President’s Coordinating Council to discuss progress and challenges on the implementation of the national and provincial responses to the Covid19 lockdown.

“As Premiers we stressed the need for greater coordination and communications around the national state of disaster regulations across all levels of Government and reaffirmed the regulations as gazetted as binding across the country. This structure will be meeting frequently to ensure that our efforts are aligned to the national response,” Saul said.

According to Saul, security personnel have been deployed to all parts of the Province and these teams are made up of members of SAPS and SANDF, supported by the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Department of Health and the Department of Home Affairs in all the roadblocks.

 “For the period of the lockdown, the cases reported so far are 1005.”

 All border posts are manned by SAPS, SANDF and the Department of Home Affairs,  with the help of the district joint task teams, particularly Namakwa and ZF Mgcawu Districts. 

“This past week the Province was also visited by the Deputy Minister for Police, Cassel Matale and National Commissioner Khehla Sithole on Wednesday. 

“They visited a few roadblocks and SASSA pay-out points in the Kimberley area. They expressed satisfaction with the work conducted by the Province in ensuring the safety of the citizens and abiding by the lockdown regulations,” Saul stated.

Visits were also conducted to taxi ranks in Kimberley, Springbok and Upington to ensure compliance with regards to regulations of social distancing, sanitizing of taxis and commuters’ hands, loading capacity and pricing issues. 

“The taxi industry leaders were also engaged on regulations and challenges pertaining to public transport during the lockdown.”