A Zinkwazi couple who recently returned from a ski holiday in Austria and France have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, KwaDukuza municipality confirmed on Tuesday.
The couple are currently in self-isolation and are monitoring their symptoms.
The number of infected cases in KwaZulu-Natal has grown to 60, with five local transmissions – a troubling sign that the virus could be spreading locally, according to KwaDukuza municipality spokesperson Sipho Mhkize.
The number of cases are expected to rise in the next few days as the country prepares for a 21-day lock down, starting at midnight on Thursday, in a bid to slow down the spread of the virus and to ensure the health system is not overwhelmed.
Starting Tuesday, KDM closed all municipal buildings and all staff will be working from home with the exception of essential services.
These include fire and emergency services, marine safety, traffic and crime prevention, information technology and communication, disaster staff, crematorium and burial services, electricity services and waste management.
The lock down includes the complete closure of all public recreational spaces, swimming pools, parks and beaches.
The municipality will only be able to attend to critical maintenance (electricity and water leaks) at old age homes and hostels.
Garden refuse services will not be operating during the lock down period and the public is urged to avoid cutting trees and generating excess garden refuse.
Town planning applications and building plans received before March 16 will be assessed and the outcomes will be communicated through email during the lock down or within the first week after the lock down has been officially lifted by the president.
All building plans, business license and development/town planning applications already within the system will be granted an extension.
Invoicing of outdoor advertisement and related items will be delayed and will be processed after the lock down.
The 20/21 draft IDP and draft budget will be published on KDM’s website and social media platforms for public comment. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
All positions advertised with closing dates falling after the lock down will be published in newspapers and municipal communication platforms.
The municipality is encouraging all customers to make use of electronic fund transfers and cellphone banking using the account number or identity number of the client as a reference.
Proof of payment must be emailed to RameshR@kwadukuza.gov.za.
Anyone wanting copies of their statements can send an email request to ZaneleM@kwadukuza.gov.za; SamukelisiweM@kwadukuza.gov.za; SiyabongaG@kwadukuza.gov.za or LeicheA@kwadukuza.gov.za.
Eletricity tokens or vouchers can also be bought from any of the municipality’s accredited vendors which include major retailers, tuck-shops and mini supermarkets in the various communities.
Mkhize encouraged debtors to pay an average amount on their accounts during this time, to ensure that they do not incur unnecessary charges to their accounts.
“We urge our residents to adhere to the lock down measures and to stay at home to avoid the slightest of possibilities of being in contact with Covid-19.
“Residents are urged to take good care of their health and to ensure they adhere to simple steps which have been preferred as the best defence against the virus:
“We appeal for your cooperation and utmost tolerance during this period and for all of us to remember that other people’s lives are at risk should we choose not to conform to simple ideals,” said Mkhize.
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