Media Release: Garden Route District Municipality continues with disinfection of public areas

Media Release: Garden Route District Municipality continues with disinfection of public areas

For Immediate Release
8 April 2020

While the number of Covid-19 positive cases are still increasing worldwide, the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) recently started with a disinfection programme to disinfect various informal settlements and public areas in the district.  Prior to this initiative thorough training was provided to the teams to ensure that the correct processes are followed and also that each person is using suitable personal protective equipment during these operations. During this initiative special focus is placed on waiting rooms, meeting/committee rooms, facilities of the South African Police Service (SAPS) e.g. police cells, to name a few.

Firefighers disinfection public areas in Thembalethu. Photos & feature photo: George Herald

Disinfection operations at Courts and SAPS facilities in the Garden Route.

This morning the GRDM team continued with this initiative in George where they started off at Conville Police Station. Thereafter they disinfected the George Police Station and court, where after the Thembalethu Police Station and court followed suit. The next area of focus will be Pacaltsdorp.  On 9 April the team also plans to address the Uniondale, Haarlem and Noll areas etc. which are situated next to the N9.

For the past week, since the initiative commenced, all efforts have been well-received.  This is an indication that residents are fully aware of the seriousness of the pandemic. These efforts will keep the firefighters busy for a while, although they simultaneously have to deal with their first responsibility to ensure that reported fires in the district are contained, should the need arise.

The GRDM Management and Council at this stage would like to extend a word gratitude to all members of community and government departments for their cooperation throughout the process to ensure that the pandemic does not continue to spread. They also commended the GRDM firefighters (on-duty and standby crews, as well as volunteers) and Municipal Health officials for all their continued efforts during this initiative.

Firefighters disinfect courts in the Garden Route district.

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