Kouga prepares for possible Covid-19 outbreak

Kouga Municipality will be working hand in hand with role players to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the region.

“There have been no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Kouga region to date (17 March) and we would like to appeal to residents not to panic or spread unconfirmed information,” said Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

“The municipality and other role players, including, the Department of Health, are on high alert and monitoring the situation carefully.

“We shall be communicating with the public on a regular basis so as to ensure everyone is kept up to date on the latest developments.”

He said the focus was currently on preventative action.

“All events expected to draw crowds of 100 people or more must be cancelled in line with the directive given by President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday.

“This directive applies to both public and private events, including the Mayor’s Cup sport tournament that was set to kick off later this month.

“Kouga’s community halls will also be closed for functions for the next four weeks as a result of this directive.”

He said a multi-sectoral task team would be established to ensure effective monitoring of the Covid-19 situation locally. Should anyone in the region test positive for the coronavirus, a Joint Operation Committee will be established to deal with the full impact of the outbreak.

“In the meantime, we urge all residents and visitors to take the necessary precautions. While the disease is very infectious, the mortality rate has thus far been low and each one of us can help to prevent its spread,” he said.

Preventative tips, as endorsed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and Department of Health, include:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitiser can be used if soap and water are not available.
  • Practise safe cough etiquette. Cough or sneeze into your flexed elbow or into a tissue. Immediately dispose of the tissue in a safe place such as a bin.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as well as shaking hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched spaces
  • Be vigilant and look out for symptoms of fever (more than 38 °C), coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue.
  • Keep a safe distance of at least 1m from people with these symptoms who have not yet been tested and cleared.

Hendricks said that those showing signs of being infected, especially those who had recently travelled abroad, were advised to contact the NICD Covid-19 hotline at 080 002 9999.

“If you are not showing signs but have recently returned from abroad or had contact with someone infected, it is safest to quarantine yourself at home for at least two weeks.

“Should you start showing any symptoms while in self-quarantine, please contact the NICD hotline immediately.”

Other contact numbers for further information and assistance are:

  • The NICD 24-hour Hotline on 082 883 9920
  • The East Cape Department of Health 24-hour Call Centre on 080 003 2346

A whatsapp group has also been established to help South Africans stay informed. To join the group send the message “Hi” to 0600 123 456.

A website has further been set up with the latest information. This can be visited at www.sacoronavirus.co.za

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Wine On Water Event in St Francis Bay Is Postponed

St Francis Bay – Following President Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Sunday 15 March, and in support of measures announced to curtail the spread of the Corona Covid -19 virus, the Rotary Club Of St Francis regrets to advise that the inaugural Wine On Water Festival – set to take place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March – will be postponed until later in the year when the situation has stabilized and circumstances permit the running of the event.

Event organisers apologise for any inconvenience caused, and encourage ticket holders to retain their tickets for the rescheduled event.

As Covid-19 continues to impact the lives of people everywhere, we know you share our concern given these trying times and we thank you for your support.

Further communications will be issued when circumstances change.

For more details visit our website http://wineonwater.co.za/

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Copyright – Darren Peens

 Media Release – Distributed by Truth Collective – craig@truthcollective.co.za

Stop the Social Media BS on covid-19

Collo’s Blog

Not being a Facebook fan I tend to only visit it the online version of “National Enquirer” once or twice a week, usually on a Sunday, or when I am bored out of my mind and have no paint to watch dry.  Quite interesting it is thus to read some of the absolute BS being posted on Social Media, particularly Facebook, yesterday. Some of the posts on Covid-19 recently leave one wondering if maybe the Constitutional Court didn’t give enough thought before unbanning marijuana for it seems it is smoked for inspiration by some of those posting on social media.

One, a voice post on Whatsapp takes the top BS award for reporting two cases of Covid-19 in Jeffreys Bay but the most interesting was on Facebook. Thank goodness there was no social media at the time when Neil Armstrong took a stroll on the moon or indeed after 911 for surely there would have been far more imaginative conspiracy theories way back then.

Covid-19So Covid-19 according to one FB post it seems is a man-made virus and that a vaccine actually exists but we must not  be vaccinated because, well …. the post doesn’t actually say other than you really cannot trust those buggers in the CIA. Maybe the Democratic Party got them to create the virus to get rid of Trump by destroying the stock market, the economy and every form of business so that Bernie Saunders can create a communist state??

This virus is a serious matter that does not need the assistance of those who have become experts by reading Facebook and Twitter. All that those who seem so intent in posting Fake News and False Information should realise how stupid they actually are. If you have this seemingly insatiable need need to post, at least take time to find information that has been validated and confirmed by reputable media, not your buddies on Facebook. If you don’t want to spend time properly researching PLEASE STAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA with your BS. We really don’t need more panic.

Here is a link to the official WHO website https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Local lass loses family members in JBay accident

Police in Jeffreys Bay are investigating an accident that killed the mother, aunt and sister of  a locally employed lass.

The accident between a Izuzu bakkie and a Ford Ranger travelling in opposite directions occurred at around 7:00pm on Friday evening  on the R102, between the Kabeljous Rivier and Mondplaas,

It is alleged the 43 year old driver of the Ford Ranger lost control of his vehicle and veered across the road. The Ford allegedly then crashed into the three woman who were standing next to their vehicle that had broken down. The women were aged 23, 49 and 53.

The driver was been arrested for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol and is expected to appear in Humansdorp Magistrates Court today

Our condolences go out to the local lass who we regularly have dealings with.