Mangaung bans use of its public facilities

Mangaung Metro Municipality Photo: Pierce van Heerden

The Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM) has taken a decision not to allow the use of its public facilities, particularly for social or religious gatherings, this after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that a second wave of Covid-19 has hit South Africa.

The metro acknowledged the good behaviour of most of its citizens since the last clarion call was made for everyone to follow protocols, which resulted in President Cyril Ramaphosa excluding the Mangaung Metro from the list of Covid-19 hotspots.

Municipality spokesperson, Qondile Khedama said despite this, the community is reminded that the virus is still a threat, and is encouraged to continue to follow health and safety protocols on a daily basis.

The MMM has also decided that initiation schools within its jurisdiction are suspended until further notice, to help flatten the curve. “Parents are advised not to be coerced into taking their children to illegal initiation schools. If there is a use of force, parents are advised to report such cases to the South African Police Service,” said Khedama.

He also urged local businesses to act responsibly to ensure that no “super-spreader” events takes place. “Businesses, like taverns, bars, clubs, etc. can easily lose their good reputation, and such an incident might lead to the closing of such business. Following the easy rules of Alert Level 1 will combat the spread and guarantee a safer city for all,” said Khedama.

Pierce van Heerden