01June2020

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA DELIVERS FREEDOM DAY MESSAGE

 South Africa has celebrated Freedom Day by this year by reflecting on 26 years of freedom in South Africa. The theme for the 2020 Freedom day is “Solidarity and triumph of the human spirit in challenging times”. The year 2020 shepherded in with the COVID-19 challenge, a worldwide pandemic; has in a great part changed and transformed things differently than what it is known to be or differently to the norm. Since the President announcement on the COVID-19 Pandemic during March 2020, things were transmuted for business uncommon. This also prompted the way national days were going to be celebrated and commemorated.

 

MESSAGE BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ON FREEDOM DAY- Click here to read/download


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NORTHERN CAPE COVID 19 CASES BREAKDOWN 29 APRIL 2020

The Northern Cape has 17 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 since the first positive patient was recorded in South Africa on 5th March 2020, and the first patient recorded in the Phokwane Local Municipality in the Frances Baard District on 23rd March.


The analysis of data shows that ten of our people who tested positive caught the infection from an infected person overseas or from an infected person in another province. In six of our people the infection was transferred within the province following the attendance of the couple at the church gathering in Bloemfontein on March 10th. Of these 16 people, 13 are deemed to have recovered from their infection. The three who are under observation but showing no symptoms are the family unit in Hantam Local Municipality in the Namakwa District. They remain under self-isolation until they are deemed recovered.

The most recent compatriot infected with Covid-19 in the province lives in the Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality in the ZF Mgcawu District. After experiencing a persistent cough for several weeks, he came forward for testing and was placed under self-quarantine. The result came back positive over the weekend and he is now in self-isolation. The Health Department immediately implemented a programme to trace and test all close contacts and we will know the results shortly.

These experiences demonstrate two important principles. Firstly, if you show any symptoms at all, we call upon you to make yourself known to the health department by telephoning the Covid-19 Hotline (0800 029 999). Secondly, the importance of staying at home, social distancing and wearing a fabric mask if you must go out, is evident. The provincial border controls and roadblocks are a vital part of keeping us all safe.




MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE PREMIER OF THE NORTHERN CAPE, DR ZAMANI SAUL 27 APRIL 2020

The Provincial Command Council met this past weekend to take stock and evaluate the impact of the measures undertaken by Provincial Government to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Although COVID-19 is essentially a health pandemic, it has a significant social and economic impact that goes beyond the public health system. The Council also noted the latest announcements made by the President as the country prepares to enter a level four lockdown of fighting the Coronavirus pandemic. The Covid-19 response plan of the Province is based on providing a Complete Health Response, ensuring Food Security, putting in place Enforcement and Compliance Measures and Mobilising Sectors so as to have a Social Solidarity Partnership as well as providing water, soap and sanitisers to hotspot areas. The Province awaits plans from the National Command Council in order for the Provincial Command Council to adopt the Provincial Economic Response Plan. The detail thereof will be discussed in the next Provincial Command Council. To this end, specific strategies are being implemented in each of these response areas.

 

MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE PREMIER OF THE NORTHERN CAPE, DR ZAMANI SAUL ON PROGRESS BY THE PROVINCIAL COVID19 COMMAND COUNCIL- Click here to read/download


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ZFM Environmental Health Tuckshop Evaluations

Environmental health services (EHS) is a function of District and Metropolitan Municipalities in South Africa in terms of Section 32 (1) of the National Health Act 2003 (Act 61 of 2003), as amended and stipulates that “Every Metropolitan and District Municipality must ensure that appropriate municipal health services are effectively and equitably provided in their respective areas.” The National Department of Health is responsible for ensuring the safety of food in South Africa. To this end, the Department promulgated the Regulations Governing General Hygiene Requirements for Food Premises, the Transport of Food and Related Matters in 2018 under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act (Act 54 of 1972)

The Environmental Health Services of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality evaluated a number of Tuckshops in the District to determine their levels of compliance with R638. Regulation 638 is applicable to every establishment that handles, prepares, transport and/or sells food to the general public. Accordingly, all such establishments are required to be in possession of valid Certificates of Acceptability (COA). These Regulations require that in all circumstances good food hygiene is practiced in all food premises thereby ensuring that food will not cause harm to the consumer when it is prepared or eaten according to its intended use. The Environmental Health Services have issued the necessary certificates of acceptability after the inspection of the premises, having been fully satisfied that the provisions set out in the regulations been met.

The ZFM District Environmental Health Unit is actively involved in all relevant rapid response team meetings and are an integral part of the District Health system. The ZFM Environmental Health Services continue to heed to the call of President Cyril of ensuring that the curve of the coronavirus is flattened and that the spread of the virus is contained and they do this by ensuring that high standards of hygiene are adhered to by all members of society and business alike. “We are all called upon, at some time in our lives, to make great sacrifices for our own future and for the future of others”- President Cyril Ramaphosa

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