Today the Newcastle Municipality launched its campaign to aggressively combat the spread of the Coronavirus in Newcastle. The municipality joined forces with the Amajuba District Municipality, the Department of Health, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as well the Department of Social Development, to educate the community on how to proactively prevent the spread of the virus. Residents who had taken time to do their shopping were given information packs, soaps, sanitizers and taught how to effectively wash and sanitize their hands. The program extensively covered areas located near the various shopping centres in Madadeni.
Newcastle Mayor Cllr. Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba used the occasion to respond to a number of medical related concerns from members of the public. Being a doctor by profession, the mayor then held a mini workshop to outline the grave potential dangers of not practising proper hygiene during this period. The Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Rueben Molelekoa used the opportunity to interact with owners of small businesses and shared insights of how to protect themselves as well as their customers during the lockdown period. Molelekoa also spent time with the elderly who had come to collect their social grants. He urged them to practice social distancing and thoroughly cleanse their hands as they were at a higher risk of contracting the virus. Amajuba District Municipality Speaker of Council Phumzile Mngcina and Newcastle Municipality Speaker of Council Samke Yende were also part of the program.
The municipality also launched its mass disinfection program at various taxi ranks around Newcastle. The program will be extended to shopping malls, streets, clinics and police stations. The aim of this exercise is to prevent the virus from spreading faster. Residents are urged to give the disinfection teams space to conduct their duties. During this period, a number of roads will be closed for a few hours, especially at night.
The COVID-19 awareness campaign will also extensively cover large parts of Fairleigh tomorrow, 8 April before being implemented in other areas.
Residents are still urged to stay indoors and practice social distancing when doing shopping.
To date, 8 people have been reported to have contracted the Coronavirus in the Amajuba District.
Issued by the Newcastle Municipality Communications Unit.