The City of Tshwane has called on residents to be extremely vigilant and to protect themselves and their loved ones against Covid-19 after Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Randall Williams, tested positive for the virus. With the City’s first citizen now working from home due to the virus, the City has challenged residents to rise above the doubts and recognise that anybody can be infected with the Coronavirus.
Tshwane City chief of staff Jordan Griffiths has pleaded with Tshwane residents to comply with all regulations to assist in the battle against the third wave: “The executive mayor has been working remotely and managing all engagements with stakeholders online. He will continue to isolate and work remotely until his health improves. Please continue to adhere to the relevant Covid-19 protocols and guidelines and stay safe.”
A spokesperson for the City of Tshwane Lindela Mashigo said the City’s Covid-19 Ward-Based Outreach Campaign would continue this week by visiting all seven regions as it intensifies the screening and testing of communities in areas identified as current hot spots. This drive will start today in the Zorbas Shopping Centre at 757 President Steyn Street, Wolmer; then move to Zithobeni Municipal Offices, corner of Mothibe and Mngomezulu Streets tomorrow; and Refilwe Shopping Centre on MJ Runo Drive opposite Refilwe Community Complex on Wednesday.
City health workers on Thursday will be deployed to Castle Gate on 478 Koedoesnek Avenue in Waterkloof Ridge; Moreleta Park NG Church in 1353 De Villebois Mereuil Drive in Pretorius Park and Deon Malherbe Swembad on the corner of Braam Pretorius Streets in Wonderboom on Friday. The last outreach of the week is scheduled for Saturday at the Hillcrest Boulevard Shopping Centre in Lynnwood Road.
The head of Strategic Communication in the City, Selby Bokaba, said that Tshwane’s Covid-19 ward-based outreach campaign has managed to reach more than 27 000 members of the community in the past four months as part of its Covid-19 education and awareness programme through its mobile testing sites.
“During this period, about 7 000 people were screened for Covid-19, while more than 6 000 of them were tested after exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms. This ongoing ward-based campaign has been a phenomenal success, having reached most of the hot spot areas across all the seven regions of the City. The City would like to applaud those that have taken advantage of our mobile screening and testing sites. The campaign has helped to enhance our efforts to fight against this dreadful pandemic as those that had tested positive for Covid-19 were advised to follow specific health protocols, such as remaining in isolation to avoid spreading the virus.”