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Traffic dept closed after officials test positive

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Pioneer House will reopen on Friday.

THE SOL Plaatje Municipality has confirmed that two municipal traffic officials have tested positive for Covid-19 and, as a result, the traffic department at Pioneer House is currently closed.

Municipal spokesperson Thoko Riet said the building would remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday for deep-cleaning and sanitisation and would reopen to the public on Friday.

Another municipal official, who works in the parks and gardens section, has also tested positive.

Meanwhile, the municipality indicated that the sanitisation of municipal buildings was done internally by the municipality’s own staff.

“We purchased the necessary chemicals, which have been SABS approved, from Bloemfontein,” said Riet.

She added that the cost of a 25l container was R1 250. “Our teams use five of these containers to disinfect and sanitise the entire Civic Centre building.”

The Northern Cape Department of Education indicated previously that it had spent a staggering R30 million to date on sanitising schools in the Province.

It is believed that one school cost R80 000 to disinfect.

Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe indicated that all schools were disinfected prior to the reopening of schools on June 8.

“To date 84 schools have been closed due to Covid-19 cases reported. Of these 84 schools, 46 schools have already been disinfected,” Van der Merwe said on Tuesday.

He stated further that the Northern Cape Department of Education was making use of the Department of Roads and  Public Works for the disinfection of schools.

During the adoption of the Northern Cape Special Adjustment Appropriation Bill for the 2020/21 financial year on Wednesday, it was indicated that R27.7 million had been given to the Department of Education to cover the cost of disinfecting education buildings.