EKURHULENI’S RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

The City of Ekurhuleni has outlined a list of measures to continue providing essential services during the lockdown declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 23 March 2020.

The measures are to ensure that all basic and essential services are provided to the residents, including services to informal settlements, such as healthcare services, waste removal, provision of electricity as well as water and sanitation:

 

Health

•             All clinics will remain operational and will be working in collaboration with Gauteng Provincial Health Department.

•             The following healthcare sites have been identified for quarantine of COVID-19 cases, namely Nokuthela Ngwenya Community Health Centre, Old Natalspruit Hospital and Old Thokoza Fire Station.

•             Six teams from City of Ekurhuleni and Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) are activated to do contact tracing. Each team consists of environmental health practitioners, doctors, professional nurses, surveillance officers and health promoters.

•             All early childhood development centres have been closed.

 

Energy

Only non-essential staff within the Energy Department are released during this period.

 

Customer Care Centre and Finance

The customer care centres and finance offices will be operational with a skeleton staff.

 

Environment and Waste Management

•             Waste collection services will continue according to the approved schedule.

•             Transfer stations and mini disposal sites will be closed as from 25 March 2020 to afford the service providers the opportunity to clear waste within the facilities to avoid rodents. Residents may not use the transfer stations.

•             Officials responsible for environmental compliance and enforcement will be on standby to respond to environmental incidents.

•             Officials responsible for snake catching will be on standby to respond to snake call outs.

•             Clean city programme will be affected by the lockdown.

 

 

Parks

Four nurseries will have a total of four employees on duty, for plant maintenance.

 

Cemeteries

 

•             The City of Ekurhuleni will endeavour to spread the bookings within seven days of the week. i.e There are bookings that will be approved on weekdays to avoid weekend congestions.

 

•             Furthermore, grave will be allocated in scattered manner to avoid congestions of different processions.

 

•             Each funeral procession is expected to run for not more than an hour.

 

•             The burial bookings will only be accommodated between 10:00 and 15:30 for both weekdays and weekends.

 

•             Twenty (20) active Cemeteries will have a total of 30 employees on duty for burials only, no operations and unveilings.

 

Recreational services

 

All Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture (SRAC) facilities will be closed (swimming pools, halls and recreation facilities, libraries) and refunds for booked venues will be processed by finance office.

 

All SRAC events will be cancelled.

 

Disaster and Emergency Management Services

•             Fire and Ambulance Services personnel, call centre agents, and all support and essential staff are working during this period.

•             EMPD (Metro Police) as well as security services will be operational during this period.

 

ICT

Only non-essential staff are released during this period.

 

Water and sanitation

•             Water Sanitation will continue with quality testing of water as well as discharge quality controls within the city.

•             Maintenance contractors for water will be working as well as depots supplying materials for the department.

 

Licensing

 

All licensing offices will be closed during the lockdown period.

 

Real Estate

 

The City has waived rental payments for tenants using council properties whose entities do not fall under essential services.  The City deems it unfair to collect rent because these businesses will not yield any income for the duration of the lockdown.

The City will continue to coordinate its lockdown interventions through the established Joint Operations Centre (JOC).

 

KEEPING AT IT

BY SEBOLELO ZWANE

The new year of every year makes individuals feel like they want to start something or do something’s
differently to get some were. All the new beginnings and resolutions. It is a good start for the mind and
the soul.

But it can get a bit complicated, as to how to start. Then there is the internal turmoil that would go on
within you regarding what you could do and what would people say about it. My point is that, just to
start can be a challenge.

For now let us start together. First try to figure out what is it that you can do and you can do it well, and
you enjoy doing it and while you at it you do it extraordinarily. That could be what you do with your
mind, hands or the body, for instance, a sport.

Identifying what you can do well could be the start of your journey in identifying the wealth that richly
lies in the inside of you. Everything that you desire, dream of, is very much permissible because the
capacity to acquire all that is stored right within you.at times one needs to spend some time with self,
just to be able to hear what self could inform of the things that are installed deep within. Similar to
those those are digging for Gold; you will need to dig for the one that is hidden in you.

And when you have found it, you have to keep at it. Like a rough stone, your talent or skill will need to
be cleaned and polished, attended to, to be made perfect.
W.E Kanyon states in his book Sign Posts to success that, if you have a talent or skill, when you are given
a platform to do It ,you have to do it so well that people will be willing to pay you, and they won’t mind
paying again.

Everybody has something that has been given to them from the moment of conception. Unfortunately
some never find it out. Emphases are made on figuring out the best that you can be and ensuring that it
makes money for you.

One has to spent time on the skill. By doing that, you are adding value to yourself. By keeping at it you
are making yourself indispensible. In your private place, do it again and again. You will need a lot of
consistency and the thirst to be extraordinary.

Matriculates’ and Pre-matriculates’ could gain vastly for this read, as they are about to start on their
new grade and embark on to a very tense year. Sufficient time and consistency will be imperative.
Being vital is essential, you might want to start doing some exercises to keep the brain stimulated and
the body ready to move and remain spontaneous.
It is all in you, just keep at it!!!!

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