17 June 2020
KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has called for calm following the reports of positive Covid-19 cases at the Mthonjaneni local municipality offices in Melmoth, Northern KZN.
Hlomuka has assured residents that this incident will have minimal impact on service delivery within the municipality as staff are continuing to work from remote environments while proper measures are being implemented to sanitise the building.
The Department of Cogta, under the leadership of MEC Hlomuka has been working with all municipalities in planning for such occurrences. This has been done with the aim of ensuring that if ever any cases arise service delivery is never hindered.
Hlomuka has called for communities within the Mthonjaneni local municipality to remain calm as qualified health practitioners are assisting the municipality in tracking and tracing any Covid-19 contacts.
“We are appealing for calm at this important time when our country is being tested.
The sphere of local government in the province has been at the forefront of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus with a number of measures, which include the deep cleaning of public spaces on a regular basis, the promotion of virtual council meetings to limit exposure of councillors, utilisation of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant towards Covid-19 related issues, the deployment of additional water tankers (22) and Jojo tanks (3000) to municipalities to bring water closer to communities and schools. We will continue to support municipalities in all these efforts,” said Hlomuka.