In an effort to drive awareness and stop the spread of the coronavirus, members of mayoral committees in the City of Johannesburg, accompanied by the Joburg Emergency Management Services, handed out sanitisers, gloves and other essential products to residents of Lawley Station Informal Settlements in the south of Johannesburg on Tuesday, 7 April 2020.
MMC for Housing Cllr Mlungisi Mabaso was joined by MMC for Transport Cllr Nonhlanhla Makhuba, MMC for Finance Cllr Jolidee Matongo and MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services Cllr Mpho Moerane.
The MMCs interacted with several residents in order to hear their concerns and share information on how to curb the spread of the virus. The visit comes as a result of dwindling supplies of hygienic products at most supermarkets.
MMC Mabaso said more effort was still needed on the ground as it appears to be business as usual for many citizens. The 21-day lockdown came into effect at midnight 26 March 2020 and will end on 16 April 2020.
“We understand that many communities are struggling to make ends meet, but we need to seriously educate our communities about the dangers of not adhering to government’s call to self-isolate and to social distance.
“During our campaign in this community and others that we have visited, a lot of people have been loitering around seemingly unbothered about the virus. Perhaps we need to reinforce the importance of staying at home and the washing of hands more often to limit the spread of the virus, so that we do not see the increase of loss of life.
“Our communities need to be reminded that Covid-19 is the biggest public health crisis that the world is facing. Even First World countries that have far better resources than South Africa have recorded thousands of cases and deaths. If we do not focus on expressing the importance of hygiene in our communities, we may find ourselves recording deaths on a daily basis due to the virus,” said MMC Mabaso.