Municipal Manager, Trevor Botha confirmed today, Tuesday 24 March 2020, that following the President’s announcement last night of a nation-wide lockdown which will be enacted in terms of the Disaster Management Act.
From midnight on Thursday 26 March until midnight on Thursday 16 April, all South Africans will have to stay at home. However, it must be noted that Municipal Services fall under the remit of essential and as such COGTA will in the next 24 hours indicate the necessary guidelines for municipal essential services in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. George Municipality will implement our business continuity planning for each Directorate, which includes all of the essential and emergency municipal services.
“I have enormous faith and trust in our staff to do what is necessary and that they will walk that extra mile required to maintain and uphold this Municipality up where we are. We are blessed with a staff complement who are dedicated and loyal in fulfilling their duties diligently and to high standards,” said Trevor Botha today.
Botha also noted that the Municipality is concerned of the impact the lockdown will have on our local economy and will review all methods to lighten the burden for business and residents, within our given mandate and confines of the MFMA.
Acting Executive Mayor, Charlotte Clarke noted that the next 21 days are going to be challenging. However, this is an opportunity for the residents of George to show that we can stand together and fight a common enemy.
“I would like to appeal to all residents to take heed of the State of Emergency that the President has announced. Our first and foremost task at the moment is to contain the spread of this disease. We can only do this if we stay at home and avoid public places and social gatherings. By so doing, we can break the chain of local transmission, limit infections and flatten the curve.
We as a Municipality can assure every resident that we are working tirelessly to resolve all unanswered questions and will implement our business continuity plans to ensure that all essential and emergency services are rendered.
I want to thank and commend all relevant stakeholders. We will be communicating the planned operations and procedures as soon as we receive the relevant communication from the National and Provincial departments as well as the District Joint Operation Centre. We as the George Municipality will do everything within our power to ensure that we serve, protect and respect all our residents.
On a personal note let us use these 21 days to thank God for what he has done for the people of South Africa. We should pray for a speedy resolution and I hope that this brings us closer together as a Nation. Please pray for one another and don’t stop.”