Index Statement on the Sarah Baartman DTCC Meeting Held on 13 August 2020
Date Added: 13 August 2020

 

Statement on the Sarah Baartman DTCC Meeting Held on 13 August 2020

COVID-19

In the Sarah Baartman District Municipality’s (SBDM) District Technical Command Council (DTCC) virtual meeting held today a recovery rate of 91% was reported, this is a 5% increase from the previous week. The DTCC noted that although this increase in recoveries is encouraging, community members need to continue practicing the safety methods which include:

·         Washing hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser.

·         Wearing a face mask.

·         Maintaining social distance.

 

The current total cases for Sarah Baartman District is 5571 with a total of 5063 recoveries and 330 active cases. There have also been 175 community members who have passed away. The breakdown per local municipality is as follows:

 

Local Municipality

Total Cases

Recoveries

Deaths

Total Active Cases

Blue Crane Route Municipality

879

812

11

56

Dr Beyers Naudѐ Municipality

600

533

23

44

Kouga

Municipality

1355

1222

31

100

Koukamma Municipality

146

130

5

11

Makana Municipality

1078

978

48

51

Ndlambe Municipality

872

794

19

59

Sundays River Valley Municipality

641

594

38

9

 

If you are unsure and think that you might have contracted Covid-19, please dial *134*832# or send ‘Check’ to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp. For more information community members can contact the Covid-19 24hr hotline number: 0800 029 999 or the Covid19 WhatsApp number: 0600 123 456.

Gender-based Violence (GBV)

A total of six incidents of gender-based violence have been reported across the district in the last week. The DTCC members noted with great concern that the incidents of sexual assault, especially, seem to be continuous.  The DTCC calls on all families and communities to unite against abusers by reporting these abusers and providing support to victims. The abuse of minors of is a serious challenge which will and cannot be condoned in our communities; every community member has the responsibility to report abuse of a minor.

Any and all incidents of gender-based violence should be reported to the SAPS or Department of Social Development through social workers or White Door of Hope offices located at most police stations. Alternately it can also be reported to the SAPS on 10111 or via the GBV hotline on 0800 428 428, or by sending a ‘please call me’ to *120*7867#.

Ward-based Rapid Response

The Speaker of Council for SBDM held a virtual meeting with all local municipalities, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Department of Health on 12 August 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to ensure that all municipalities in the district establish the ward-based rapid response teams. This will ensure that on a ward level these teams will be able to address issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic which include education and awareness. Community members will be informed as these teams are established in various wards across the district.

 

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