Limpopo Coronavirus Command Council held its weekly meeting to asses the Provincial status virtually yesterday

Limpopo Coronavirus Command Council held its weekly meeting to asses the Provincial status virtually yesterday

The situational scope of the Province indicates that the Province has 208 cases and still with 3 death as of this morning.

Sekhukhune still rides high with about 110 cases with Vhembe still lowest at 9 Capricorn District   with 36 and Waterberg 39 and Mopani 13 cases respectively.

Active cases are 59,whereas those who recovered are 146. Those currently in hospital are 7.

The Command Council was also appraised on the alleged positive case of an SAPS official stationed in the Office of the Premier. The alleged official was quarantined and is currently negative with all those who came into contact with him. The Council was satisfied that the Office of the Premier does not employ SAPS officers, who are

deployed on rotation at different stations in the Province by the South African Police Services . 

The Council was also raised concerns on the rapid rise of infections in the mining industry, especially in Sekhukhune. The Rapid team formed between the National Department of Minerals and Energy, LEDET and Mining Houses has been urged to up their game to prevent further spike of infections. 

The Department of Health was urged to continue to lead and play an active role in supporting various sectors that are opening at level 3 and the thousands of schools to reopen on 8 June 2020. 

The Council was also satisfied that of the total number of beds in 36 facilities are more than 2000 of which 777 are public and 1304 are in the private sector. 

Municipalities have also presented a Reprioritisation of MIG Budget of which 96 projects at R200 million have been set aside. 40 projects at about R14million are being implemented through DBSA/Misa funding. 

The water provision to different Municipalities is a course for concern, but with improvements. Water tanks delivers so far are at 835 from a 1322 tanks requested. Most of these are under construction with the assistance of the SANDF. 

Engagements with Eskom and the Water Services Authorities are ongoing, this to have a time bound action plan in adressing the backlogs. 

The Council is also satisfied that 98% of government departments and Districts Municipalities reported compliance with DPSA and Health protocols with most PPEs supplied in all departments and schools in the Province. 

Of interest is that since Level 3 ensued the number of beneficiaries in shelters has decreased from 399 to 257. As regulations are relaxed, beneficiaries abscond to find work, while others go back to drugs, and etc. The Department of Social Development has been urged to develop stringent interventions and framework on the operational of the Homeless beyond COVID-19 pandemic. 

The total food parcels distributed to date since the loxkdown increased from 83000 to more than 91000 with more than 117000 applications received. Donors are still urged to make their donations to the Provincial and District Food Banks for administrative purposes. 

The Tourism Relief Fund of R200 million was made available nationwide. 453 applications were received from Limpopo and response on successful applications is awaited. 

LEDA Support program assisted about 7000 clients through DSBD call centre. All these received information on how to access services either provincial or nationally. 

The total number of Agricultural Disaster Support Fund for Small holder and Communal Farmer per District is 2049 for an amount of R86million. Although with challenges of non adherence most smallholder farmers are assured to receive funding. 

The Council was assured that almost all Grade 7 and 12 learners will be back at schools by 8 June 2020. Members of the Council will be visiting some of the schools from today, and on Monday the Premier and most of the members will spread across the Province to make sure all health protocols are followed at schools. 

Of the 155 vandalized schools in the Province, only one school was yet to be repaired because of the excessive damage that needs more time. 

More than 300 of the 524 schools now have water, and the Rand Water has started delivering water tanks to remaining schools to be concluded by this weekend. Mobile toilets and enviroloos are also being supplied to schools to ensure that the 8th June all is well. 

About 131000 Grade 7 and 83000 grade 12 learners will attend classes on the 8th June 2020. 

The Command Council has urged parents and Limpopo communities not to raise false alarm on the safety of learners and any other educator. 

It appraised that government is ensuring the safety of every citizen. ‘if by anyway,a school or facility is found wanting on safety measures, that school or facility should not be operational and nobody will be forced in’. 

The Council also expressed dismay on stigmatization against those found infected. A case in point is of a health worker who because she tested positive, she has become a topic on social media and posters. 

The Council urged communities and employees to desist from these acts that leaves some people in depressive state. 

All members of the Command Council will be monitoring schools opening on Monday 8 June 2020.

ISSUED BY THE LIMPOPO PROVINCIAL ( Prov. Coronavirus Command Council ). 

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