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A historic simulcast broadcast by the provincial government

By; Emmaculate Cindi

On the 22nd of October 2020, the Limpopo Provincial Government had a historic simulcast broadcast on three major public radio stations serving three linguistic groups (Thobela FM, Phalaphala FM and Munghana Lonene FM) which have more than 4 million listenership combined.

Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha and two members of his executive conducted a conversation with concerned community members focusing on three areas: Covid-19, Transport, Roads Infrastructure and Social Development.

The live broadcast allowed listeners to be part of the conversation by interacting with the executive through the social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter

The Premier reminded the people of Limpopo that Covid-19 is still alive and they should continue observing the Covid 19 protocols of washing hands/sanitizing regularly maintaining the social distance and wearing masks all the time.

Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and experts have warned that South Africa is likely to have second surge if citizens are not adhering to Covid-19 protocols. By 14 April 2020 when the province had only 23 confirmed cases, the provincial government went out to communities to screen and test for new cases as a preventative measure to assist health facilities that would have been overwhelmed by the number of admissions.

The management of Covid-19 was ramped up nationally and provincial by redirecting budgets from all other departments to the Department of Health to procure Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs) and testing equipment including the recruitment of personnel to screen community members. Now that the country and the province have turned a corner with regard to covid-19 management, as a result, some of the budget that was appropriated from departments to bolster the fight against Covid-19, has been returned to respective departments and some of the initial projects and programmes of government such as building roads will resume.

With matriculates getting ready to write their final examinations, the Department of Education had crafted a strategy to ensure that all schools are able to reopen in a safer environment.  Learners are now rotating when attending classes to always keep a minimal number in classes in recognition of social distancing protocols.

The province has 16 849 cumulative, 15 759 recoveries and 440 deaths.  The Covid-19 pandemic has already claimed three doctors and four nurses.

With the festive season around the corner, the province is ready for its pre-festive operations that will ensure that those drinking and driving are dealt with in accordance to the law.