Notice is hereby given that certain municipal offices will re – open for the public on Monday, 01 June 2020, to render the following services:
The municipality will continue to provide essential services and the provision of other municipal services will be rendered on a limited scale.
Security personnel will be on duty at all Municipal buildings to render assistance in terms of access.
Members of the public are reminded that the wearing of face masks is compulsory and access to municipal buildings will be prohibited to individuals not adhering to the regulation.
The normal office hours will be applicable.
Adv. LMR Ngoqo
Bitou Local Municipality
As of 1pm on 28 May, the Western Cape has 7726 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 17286 confirmed cases and 9157 recoveries
Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:
Unallocated: 605 (201 recovered)
Additional data can be found on the dashboard at www.westerncape.gov.za/coronavirus.
The Western Cape has recorded an additional 16 COVID-19 deaths-bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 403. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased at this time.
Please see the statement issued earlier today on the Western Cape's new scenario expectations here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/news/western-cape-scenarios-covid-19-peak-we-need-your-help-save-livesLast published 29 May 2020
Over a month ago, the Western Cape Government provided an update to the media on its scenario planning for the Covid-19 pandemic, projecting on the number of hospitalisations expected during the course of the pandemic and therefore what would be required by our healthcare system to respond at the peak.
This update was done on the best available evidence at the time, mainly drawing on international data and experiences to better understand the trajectory of the virus in our context. As we mentioned at the briefing, this would be updated continuously as the situation changes and more evidence becomes available – both in South Africa and globally.
Our initial projections based on this data regarding bed shortfalls were as follows:
With more evidence available to us, especially with respect to hospitalisations and deaths, we can now provide a further update. This is part of our continued efforts to be open and transparent with the people of the Western Cape as we navigate this uncertain time together. Our government views every person as a partner, with the ability to help make a difference.
Over the course of the last few weeks, we have also taken several steps to ensure our modelling and projections are of the highest possible standard. Fortunately, South Africa has many top scientists and we have sought to leverage these great minds. We therefore have been engaging with both the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA) and the National Covid-19 Modelling Consortium, to compare our assumptions and projections for the peak of the pandemic in the Western Cape.
The findings of these two modelling exercises have been different:
It is important to keep in mind that modelling is based on a number of assumptions, which are not certain at this time. This includes various factors such length of stay in a hospital facility and the percentage of symptomatic versus asymptomatic cases in the population.
These uncertainties must be kept in mind and new data must always be factored in as the pandemic progresses.
We have been tracking our own initial projections against the current deaths and hospitalisations at this moment in time:
It is important to note that both the ASSA model and the National Consortium model projections are consistent with our initial projections at this stage of the curve. To put it differently, all three of our curves are at similar points at this stage of the pandemic, but they diverge as they approach their respective peaks.
This leaves our government in a very difficult position. We have taken significant steps to make sure we are prepared for the peak based on the best available evidence and modelling, but it is difficult to know exactly how pronounced the peak will be at this stage.
To try and create more certainty, we have since worked with the National Consortium to calibrate our models based on new data now available on Covid-19 in the Western Cape, including hospitalisations and deaths. This was done because their modelling is also being used by the National Government.
The calibrated modelling exercise has therefore projected the following:
Based on the original scenario plan we presented to you before, the Western Cape Government intervened quickly to ensure we prepared additional facilities for the peak we might be expecting, including the 850 intermediate care beds at the CTICC temporary hospital and the 300 intermediate care beds at the Brackengate warehouse. However, this collaborated modelling points to the need for additional capacity.
My cabinet will now meet to consider these new projections, and together with the National Government, including the National Treasury, we will consider both whether, and then when and how, to bring online additional bed capacity.
There are other risks that must be factored in, however:
We will provide further updates on our modelling, projections and further interventions taken following a number of important engagements over the next week. Our priority remains being fully open and transparent with you during this difficult time.
As we communicated to you last week, we have already adjusted our health strategy that will focus on protecting high-risk individuals, including those who are older than 55 and those with underlying conditions. It is these individuals who are more likely to be hospitalised and get seriously sick. Our targeted hotspots interventions, including community screening and testing, have already been repurposed to meet this imperative. Our focus is now on saving lives.
But I want to be very honest with you now, we simply cannot fight this pandemic alone. We need each and every person to help us. When you keep yourself safe, you keep your loved ones safe too. When you follow the golden rules of good hygiene, wear a cloth mask, and keep a distance, you prevent someone who might need to be hospitalised from getting the virus. You can help us flatten the curve, and your behaviour will save lives.
So I am calling on you today. If you have not taken this seriously yet, take it seriously now. Its going to get much worse before it gets better. We need you to slow the spread of this virus to protect the ones you love.
How can you help?
If every single one of us takes up this responsibility now, the worst-case scenario peak can be avoided, and we can save lives.
Please keep safe. Keep your loved ones safe. Save lives.Last published 29 May 2020
The Western Cape government is pleased to note that 27 out of thirty municipalities in the province, has received unqualified audits for their 2018/19 financial year from the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA).
The AG tabled its latest MFMA report in parliament earlier this week to the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General.
The Western Cape has one metropolitan municipality, five district municipalities and 24 local municipalities that get audited under the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA).
Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning says in addition thirteen councils received clean audits. The AGSA only awarded 20 out of 257 councils audited in the country with a clean audit for the year under review.
“We’ve seen an improvement year on year in the Western Cape with regards to clean audits and I want to congratulate and thank our councils for the hard work and efforts they undergo to provide communities with the reassurance that their money is being spent as it should.”
Bredell says efficiently run municipalities remain key to delivering the services needed to make the province a better place for all who live in it.
“Given the legacies we inherited, there will always be some areas where improvements are needed. However, it is reassuring that the evidence shows that Western Cape municipalities continue to provide their communities with the best services possible within the budgets they receive. When it comes to providing free basic services to the poorest of the poor, services that include sanitation, water and electricity, Western Cape municipalities stand out nationally. To do so within the constraints of existing budgets is all the more remarkable.”
According to the report, 72% of all Western Cape municipalities are in good financial health.
Bredell says good financial governance translates into better service delivery.
“We are investing all our energy into making this goal a reality. Over the past years, we have worked tirelessly to instill a zero-tolerance approach toward those who transgress the financial laws governing this province. We have also rolled out various further training initiatives to ensure that staff are skilled.”
Graham Paulse, head of the department of Local Government in the province, says municipalities in the province are keeping up with payments to large creditors like Eskom.
“Only three municipalities are in arrears but there are settlement agreements in place that are being adhered to.”
The municipalities that received clean audits are:
Bergrivier, Cederberg, Saldanha Bay, Drakenstein, Langeberg, Witzenberg, Cape Agulhas, Overstrand, Theewaterskloof, Cape Winelands District Municipality, West Coast District Municipality, Hessequa and Prince Albert.
Spokesperson to Anton Bredell
Telephone: 021 483 2820
Mobile: 084 583 1670
On Tuesday (26 May 2020) I visited businesses in Dunoon, one of the Covid-19 hotspots in the Western Cape, to see how these businesses were implementing the necessary safety measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 and hear from them the challenges they face in ensuring customers maintain these safety measures. [Watch video of Minister’s visit to Dunoon]
This visit was part of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s operational plan to support the Western Cape government’s targeted Hotspot Strategy which focuses the entire provincial government’s impact on geographical areas where the virus is spreading, in order to slow it down and protect vulnerable people.
The department’s role in the Hotspot Strategy is specifically to assist businesses in slowing the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, and to ensure economic recovery in the hotspot areas.
In addition to the work already done to support businesses in the Western Cape since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, we will also do the following to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace in hotspot areas:
As part of our economic recovery plan for the hotspots, we will also be zoning in on businesses in these areas to ensure they access the support we’ve put in place to adapt and survive during this crisis such as:
The more businesses that are able to operate safely during the Alert Levels, the sooner we can get people working again, and the sooner we will move towards an economic recovery in the Western Cape.
To avoid a return to tighter restrictions it is imperative that every employer and employee in a business that is operating now, or which opens under the new alert levels, plays by the rules, and implements the necessary health and safety measures as instructed by national government to avoid further negative impacts on their respective sector.
Businesses can view the guidelines and resources developed by the Department of Health to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/frequently-asked-questions/frequently-asked-questions-how-prevent-and-manage-covid-19-infections
Some of the key safety measures that we’re asking all businesses to implement include the following:
For assistance in understanding the regulations, guidance on workplace safety or help navigating the financial relief packages email us at email@example.com
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pokesperson for the Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities
(Responsible for the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism)
Cell: 071 087 5150
Municipalities in the Western Cape continue to implement wide ranging steps to address the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, Anton Bredell, says the onset of winter further complicates the work being done and will bring additional challenges.
“Mass sanitising of public spaces is taking place on an ongoing basis, as is feeding schemes including soup kitchens, and all basic municipal services. Our emergency services and disaster centres remain fully operational and are on standby in the event of an emergency.”
Some of the latest efforts being done in some municipalities across the province includes:
Bredell has urged all citizens with questions or concerns or who wish to make a contribution in the ongoing struggle to visit the provincial website: www.westerncape.gov.za/coronavirus or to get in touch with their local municipalities for assistance.
“In addition, if you have flu-like symptoms, and may have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, please contact the provincial hotline on 021 928 4102 for advice on what to do next.”Last published 27 May 2020