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Several dept offices closed in Kimberley after staff test positive

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Coghsta said on Wednesday that three of its offices in Kimberley had been temporarily closed,while offices at the Dept of Rural Development and the Sol Plaatjie Municipality was also closed.

SEVERAL provincial government department offices have closed in Kimberley after staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

The Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) said on Wednesday that three of its offices in Kimberley had been temporarily closed due to a reported Covid-19 positive case.

Department spokesperson Xhanti Teki stated that the Larry Louw building, situated at 9 Cecil Sussman Street, the Frances Baard District Office at 12 Thompson Street and the BP Jones Building in Woodley Street had all been closed.

“The temporary closure is aimed at decontaminating the buildings. All three buildings will resume operations on Monday, June 29. The Department of Coghsta will at all material times move with speed and urgency in adhering to preventative measures that seek to curb and contain the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19,” said Teki.

The offices of the Department of Rural Development, situated at the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court building, have also been temporarily closed and are being decontaminated after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.

Deputy director of communications at the provincial department, Moeketsi Ntsane, said the offices would reopen on Monday. 

“Staff who were in close contact with the official were informed and were placed in self-isolation. All protocol has been observed,” said Ntsane.

The second floor of the municipal offices at the Civic Centre has also been closed after a staff member tested positive.

Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson Thoko Riet said that the staff member, who has been on leave since last week and has not been at the office, worked in the public health section.

“The Civic Centre is not closed and only the second floor, which was deep-cleaned and sanitised on Wednesday, is closed. We expect that it will reopen on Monday,” said Riet. 

“All those who have been in contact with the patient are currently in self-isolation.”