Media Release: District Municipality rolls out district-wide disinfection plan

Media Release: District Municipality rolls out district-wide disinfection plan

For Immediate Release
4 April 2020

Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM), in conjunction with local municipalities, started sanitising/disinfection of various areas on 1 April 2020 and will continue to do this at public spaces and informal settlements. Due to the risk of the coronavirus remaining on frequently used surfaces, it is important to disinfect areas where a large number of feet pass through. Some of these include communal toilets, taps and door handles.

Executive Manager Community Services Mr Clive Africa said: “We have started implementing a practical sanitation plan for high risk areas and certain items and will ensure that it is repeated when and if necessary. The disinfection action will be directed to private and public places, including communal and public toilets, taxi ranks and marketplaces, sidewalks, municipal properties, state owned properties, private properties, and camping sites.”

Disinfection sites are categorized into high-, medium- and low risk categories. High risk sites must be disinfection daily, or every 2nd day. These include taxi ranks, informal settlements, communal facilities, etc. Medium risk sites that must be disinfection every 3rd day include shops, banks and public benches, to name a few. Low risk sites that must be disinfection every 5th day include public spaces at beach areas (not the beach area), animal welfare vehicles, and public facilities closed during lockdown.


Training of personnel regarding disinfection of private and public places took place in George, Hessequa, Kannaland, and Knysna today. Further training sessions will take place in Mossel Bay, Bitou and Oudtshoorn tomorrow.

“Local municipalities welcomed the disinfection training we provided over the past few days,” said Africa.


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