WESTERN CAPE NEWS - In a media statement today, Premier Alan Winde called on early childhood development centres and pre-schools to take all possible measures to ensure that both children and staff are protected.
According to the statement:
"We have noted the judgement in the North Gauteng High Court, ruling that private early childhood development centres and pre-schools may re-open.
"This has been a matter of much concern for many parents in the Western Cape, who need a safe place for their children while they are at work.
"While we await further directions from the national Department of Social Development, I call on all ECDs and pre-schools that do intend to open, to start putting all the measures in place for their safe re-opening. It is imperative that those facilities that do re-open take all possible measures to ensure that both children and staff are protected.
"These measures should include training for staff members, screening procedures for staff and children on arrival each day, hand washing and hygiene protocols, staggered arrival times for children, and age-appropriate education about COVID-19."
Update on the coronavirus
As of 13:00 on 6 July, the Western Cape has 17 612 active cases of COVID-19.
More data is available here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard
The Western Cape has recorded an additional 47 deaths.
Forest Village Housing Development
"Since the end of May, 246 housing units have been handed over to beneficiaries in the Forest Village Housing Development in Eersteriver. A further 89 beneficiaries are expected to move into Forest Village later this week.
"These handovers are an indication that government business and service delivery continues to go ahead during the COVID-19 pandemic. These homes not only provide safe and dignified living spaces for our residents but they also help in our fight against the pandemic, allowing people to better social distance, and improve access to hygiene facilities for handwashing and cleaning.
"While housing has longer delivery lead-times, it still forms part of our hotspot strategy response as we de-densification of informal settlements can play an important role in stopping the spread. COVID-19 is going to be with us for a long time still, and we need to be taking a pro-active, all of government approach to minimising its impact."
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