Today, 25 May 2020 is the 60th day since the start of the Lockdown as announced by the President of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa. As a town, we were very happy with the slow increase of positive cases. Unfortunately, this situation began to change after the allowed 7 day period in which people could travel between towns, metros and provinces.
In the last week (May 14 - May 24, 2020) positive cases in our town increased from three to Nine (9). Of these, 3 cases were completely recovered with 6 active numbers. The current trend shows that Oudtshoorn is exposed to more positive reports in the foreseeable future.
Since the announcement of the move to Alert Level 4, we have experienced the return of workers to their respective places of employment, which means that for their own sake, as well as that of their colleagues’ and families’ to do self-assess at least twice a day.
Many of our workers are essential workers, some are required to serve at accident scenes, others ensure our environment is kept clean, service delivery to the community continues.
Similarly, our town's key staffs in hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, Emergency Rescue Services, Correctional Services, SAPS, SANDF and many others in stores etc. provides essential services. For the sake of continuing to provide essential services to the community, these workers continue to provide service to us, at the expense of their own health and those of their families,
As a community, we also have a responsibility to those people. The responsibility to protect them as we protect ourselves in the process rests in the compliance with the measures announced by the President.
Without being a prophet of doom, I want to underline the seriousness of the virus. The peak of the virus is expected in November 2020. The forecast indicates that we will have about 40,000 deaths in South Africa by that time. This expected forecast alone should give us an indication and encourage us to ensure that we stay within the measures.
We are now beginning to experience more that with the increase in numbers that our circle of friends, our family and in our cases our children are being affected.
As Council of the Greater Oudtshoorn, we appeal to our community to:
VANAF DIE BURGEMEESTER OOR COVID-19
Sedert die aanvang van die Grendel Tydperk (lockdown) soos aangekondig deur die President van Suid Afrika, mnr Cyril Ramaphosa is vandag, 25 Mei 2020, die 60ste dag van die tydperk. As dorp, was ons baie gelukkig met die stadige toename van positiewe identifikasies. Hierdie situasie het ongelukkig n verandering begin toon na die toegelate 7 dae tydperk waarin persone kon reis tuseen dorpe, metro’s en provinsies.
In die laaste week (14 – 24 Mei 2020) het positiewe aanmeldings in ons dorp toegeneem vanaf drie tot nege. Hiervan is 3 perosne volkome herstel met 6 aktiewe getalle. Die huidige tendens toon dat Oudtshoorn in die afsienbare toekoms blootgestel is aan meer positiewe aanmeldings.
Sedert die aankondiging van die verskuiwing na Alert Level 4 ervaar ons die terugkeer van werkers na hul onderskeie plekke van indiensneming wat meebring dat hulle vir hul eie onthalwe, asook die van hul kollegas en gesinne om ten minste twee keer per dag ‘n self assessering te doen.
Talle van ons werkers is essensiele werkers, van sommige word vereis om diens te doen by ongelukstonele, ander verseker dat ons omgewing skoon gehou word, dienslewering aan die gemeenskap voortgaan.
Net so is daar ons dorp se sleutel personeel in hospitale, klinieke, apteke, Noodreddingsdienste, Korrektiewe Dienste, SAPS, SANDF en vele ander in winkels ens wat noodsaaklike dienste lewer. Ter wille van die voortsetting van essensiele dienste aan die gemeenskap gaan diegene voort om diens aan ons te lewer, ten koste van hul eie gesondheid en die van hul gesinne wat hulle in gevaar stel.
As ‘n gemeeskap het ons ook ‘n verantwoordelikheid teenoor daardie persone. Hierdie verantwoordelikheid om hulle te beskerm soos ons in die proses ons self beskerm berus in die nakoming van die maatreels soos deur die President aangekondig.
Sonder om doem profeet te wees wil ek die erns van die virus onderstreep. Die hoogtepunt van die virus word verwag in November 2020. Die vooruitskatting dui daarop dat ons teen daardie tyd ongeveer 40 000 sterftes in Suid Afrika sal hê. Hierdie verwagte vooruitskatting alleen behoort ons ‘n aanduiding te gee en ons elkeen aan te spoor om toe te sien dat ons binne die maatreëls bly.
Van ons begin nou meer ervaar dat met die styging in getalle dat ons vriendekring, ons familie en in gevalle ons kinders daardeur geraak begin word.
Hiermee doen ons as raad van Oudtshoorn ‘n beroep op ons gemeenskap om:
Health Teams in the Garden Route District have screened more than 70 000 people and have referred 404 for testing through the door-to-door screening and testing program. These community screening and testing outreaches are aimed at finding as many people as possible who might have Covid-19. During the community screening and testing the support of the community is essential for the success in stopping the spread of the virus.
Health teams are identifiable by their badges and clothing/uniform and allow them to screen you (ask questions regarding symptoms). If you are referred for testing, be assured these tests are safe. Testing for coronavirus is done by taking a swab in your nose. While you await your results, we ask that you please quarantine at home in a separate room, if possible. We appeal to people who need to quarantine to stay home and not have visitors. If you cannot quarantine at home, speak to the health worker who will advise on facilities that are available for isolation and quarantine. Remember that only people who CANNOT isolate/quarantine at home will be advised on available facilities to do so.
Western Cape Government Health cannot do this alone.
“Every single person can help us in our effort, by staying home as much as possible, keeping a distance at all times, avoiding gatherings of people wherever it may occur, by always following the golden rules of good hygiene, and by properly wearing a clean cloth mask whenever out in public”, said Premier Alan Winde.
Members of the public are encouraged to continue practicing the 5 Golden Rules of Good Hygiene and to wear a cloth mask when in public spaces.
The 5 Golden rules of prevention:
Teams have tested the following number of people as part of the door-to-door screening and testing program from 8 April to 20 May 2020:
Door-to-door screening and testing sites for subdistricts 25 May – 29 May 2020
Mossel Bay subdistrict:
Note: community screening is not the only place where screening is possible. Other methods of screening for COVID-19 include:
Community Health Workers will visit your home to ask you a few questions (screen).Last published 21 May 2020
Oudtshoorn, 20 May 2020 - One of the emergency officials in the Oudtshoorn Fire station got in contact with a COVID19 positive person in a car accident scene. The emergency official that attended the accident scene who is now on self-quarantine, exercised all the necessary precaution during rescue operation.
The status of the COVID19 positive patient was confirmed yesterday (19 May 2020) following admission at the Hospital.
As a precautionary measure, the Municipal Management has asked the personnel that were in indirect contact to stay at home and return on Monday. Meanwhile, all the procedures to ensure that the Fire station personnel and the station remain uninfected were taken.
The station and vehicles were disinfected. The Municipal emergency unit and services are continuing as normal.Last published 20 May 2020
Oudtshoorn, 19 May 2020 - The Oudtshoorn Municipality has scheduled another major repair of the electricity infrastructure this coming Sunday, 24 May 2020. About two weeks ago, the Municipality repaired one of Eskom’s 22KV income breaker, which was successfully repaired.
This time, the Municipality will repair a 22KV breaker that is feeding the Bridgton sub-station. In order to enable the repair, the 22KV sub-station that feeds power to all the areas that were affected by the repair done on 10 May 2020 (Mother’s Day).
The Bridgton breaker broke last year; a claim to the insurance was submitted and have now been passed, hence the repair.
The power supply will be switched off on Sunday, 24 May 2020 from 08:00 until 16:00. The same areas that were affected on 10 May 2020 will be affected again.
Affected areas are as follows:
ALL AREAS NORTH OF VOORTREKKER ROAD
ALL AREAS IN THE EAST OF SPRINGBOK ROAD (EASTERN SIDE OF CORNER OF VOORTREKKER ROAD & SPRINGBOK ROAD) INCLUDING
Dysselsdorp and De Rust will not be affected.
We do apologise for any inconvenience.Last published 19 May 2020