During a virtual Council meeting held on Wednesday 24 June 2020, Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee addressed Council on COVID-19 Coronavirus.

The Mayor’s speech, is published below:

The South African government has officially gazetted regulations for the advanced lockdown level 3 protocols on 19 June 2020.

Moving to Level 3 advanced this week has seen businesses such as hairdressing and beauty services re-opening and people in the personal care services (formal and informal) are getting back to work; which is great for our Overstrand community.

But, we still need to be vigilant about COVID-19 for the risk of infection inevitably increases as we resume more activities.

The latest number of positive Coronavirus cases for the Western Cape, Overberg and Overstrand as on Monday, 22 June 2020:

  • The Western Cape has 51 351 confirmed cases
  • In the Overberg, there are a total of 789 cases (485 active cases) and 16 deaths.
  • In the Overstrand, there are a total of 416 cases (268 active cases) and 4 deaths.

The rapid increase in the number of people testing positive is very worrying and the positive COVID-19 cases are rising fast in the Overberg and more specifically the Overstrand.

The first deaths as a result of the pandemic were reported in the Overstrand on 17 June. Since then 2 more deaths were reported in our area as a result of COVID-19. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the deceased.

Having said this, notice must be taken that the National Health Act provides that all information concerning a patient, including their health status, treatment or stay in a health establishment, is confidential. This information may thus not be disclosed. Please respect the privacy of others, especially during these hard times and refrain from comments naming or alluding to the name and or address of the deceased.

The two main hotspots in the district are Zwelihle in the Overstrand Municipality and Grabouw in the Theewaterskloof Municipality.

Our frontline teams from the Department of Health, the municipalities and SAPS are working and do their level best in assisting to stop the spread of the virus. But this cannot be done without your help and each and every individual living in or visiting our area.

A special plea is directed to those who are over the age of 60 or those having underlying illnesses to take extra care. You are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying. It is therefore important that you take extra precautions and stay at home whenever possible.

The most effective defences against the virus are the simplest. Please:

  • Wear your mask when you leave your home;
  • Maintain social distancing;
  • Sanitise your hands regularly;
  • Stay home as much as possible (don’t shop if you don’t have to);
  • And ensure those vulnerable to COVID-19 also remain at home.

Lastly, thank you to all our essential services workers - we really appreciate the work you do.

Thank you also, to all the wonderful non-profit organisations providing humanitarian relief during lock down. You are doing amazing work, for no recognition and no reward.

Thank you to all our councillors who have been assisting with the various food relief programmes as well as broadcasting messages in various areas encouraging people to stay at home and to take the necessary precautions when leaving their homes.