As the months progresses and the surge continues to be the new reality among South Africans, the Rustenburg Local Municipality said that it was concerned at the steadily increasing numbers of infection. In the province, the Bojanala District has become the hotspot with Rustenburg leading the pack at 6 549 of the total 12 722, which makes it account for over 50% of the province’s infection rate. The municipality said that it was concerned with the increase of new cases in the areas which have been identified as local hotspots which include Freedom Park, Kroondal, Rustenburg’s Central Business District, Tlhabane West, Boitekong, Meriting, Mfidikwe, Cashan and Marikana – most of which are mining areas.

The City’s executive mayor Mpho Khunou said the new cases may be a result of non-compliance. “It is worrying that the new cases may stem from noncompliance to the gazette regulations by the national government and the forum, will have to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that public awareness campaigns are rolled out “for over a while the City has firmly sat at the top, as the Province’s epicentre” said Khunou.

From the first case to date in the month of July, the RLM had recorded 60 cases, with 17 recoveries. The number of active cases stands at 43.