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Limpopo Provincial Government First Virtual Media Conference

By: Communication Team

The Limpopo Provincial Government has convened the first virtual media conference to outline the outcomes of the Provincial Command Council(PCC) meeting held on 20th May 2020.


Premier Chupu Mathabatha said the PCC during the meeting focused on the plans of the re-opening of schools, water infrastructure and mining.

“As you might be aware, a phased in schools opening is going to take place from 1st June 2020.The first group is obviously the grade 7 and 12 learners. Details of schools’ readiness will be announced going forward by the MEC responsible for education. The truth is, we are doing everything possible to make sure our children are safe and secure, ”said Premier Chupu Mathabatha.

Mathabatha said indeed the province is ready for the re-opening of schools come 1st June and will ensure that all Schools meet the requirements as expected. “Previously I said schools are not ready due to the reason that most of the schools in the province did not have PPE’s and now I am delighted after the pronouncement by the Minister of Education that all the outstanding PPE’s will be delivered to schools, water tanks and phasing out of the pit toilets”.

“Learners who are outside the province will be allowed to come back to the province to resume with their lessons, “said Mathabatha.

Furthermore, the Premier emphasized that the Command Council expressed itself on the mining situation, of which Sekhukhune has become the new epicenter because of the high infection rate which almost doubled in one week.

He said the Council has instructed that everybody who works in the mines must be screened and tested, and have compulsory quarantine, or the said mine plant should be closed with immediate effect.

A technical team comprising of the MECs for Health, LEDET, Public Works, Treasury, Education. Director Generals, respective HODs, Mineral Department and CEOs of Mining Houses has been formed and meets every Thursday to map the way forward.

The provincial infection rate has peaked up to 94 as of 20th May, with 3 death. Sekhukhune Capricorn and Waterberg Districts remain highest. The total test done so far in the Province are at 10 600 whereas screening is at more than 4 million up to now.

“A team of Cuban Health Professionals are at Sekhukhune District to monitor the area closely, “said Premier.

Premier further said the Command Council also noted the increase in the illegal selling of illicit cigarettes and liquor in the townships and villages. The police have again been urged to step up visibility within communities including loud hailing.

He said the province has decided that Africa Day,25 May will be used as a day to appreciate volunteers, health workers, security clusters, SAPS and SANDF, emergency, media people and other critical workers.

Mathabatha said the province will be ready to move to level 3 on the 1st June and  in due course will announce which areas may remain Level 4 depending on the rate of infections.