As of this morning – Saturday – 20 June 2020, Rustenburg is the leading municipality with 992 confirmed Covid-19 cases. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the North West Province is 1758 with 175 recoveries and five deaths. North West contributes 2.0 % to South Africa’s burden of disease. Bojanala Platinum District Municipality is having 1107 cases, Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality – 516, Ngaka Modiri Molema – 83 and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati 10. More than 10 schools in Rustenburg issued letters to parents indicating clossure. There are confirmed cases at the schools and that include principals, teachers, learners and supporting staff. The Department of Health is expected to close more schools around the province.
The Executive Mayor of Rustenburg, Mpho Khunou, has expressed concern that Rustenburg still contributes by more numbers the recorded positive Covid-19 cases. “Since the lock-down was pronounced by the President at the end of March, the City has consistently been flagged by the Department of Health as one of the Provinces hot-spots”.
“Amid the increase in the number of new cases, the City through its Emergency and Disaster Management Unit, has been at the forefront of ensuring that identified areas of concern by stakeholders, which included the inspection of various mining operations to ascertain the level of compliance for Covid-19. The Unit, has also carried out similar inspections at various schools including Marikana High School, Marikana Primary School, Photsaneng Primary School, Tshukudu High School, Tlhage Primary School, Fields College as well as the Orbit TVET College which all were found to be compliant,” said Khunou.
The newly registered cases of Covid-19 have affected the schools, the mining sector and the Municipality. All of the reported cases, are currently under quarantine and the department of health is providing the necessary care and monitoring to the patients and those who have been identified as possible contacts.