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Bay hands over PPEs to commuters at Walmer taxi rank

Jun 11, 2020
Bay hands over PPEs to commuters at Walmer taxi rank

Port Elizabeth - As part of its drive to intensify the fight against COVID-19, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Corporate Services Portfolio Head, Councillor Makhi Feni, led a delegation to hand over Personal Protective Equipment to the Walmer Township taxi rank local informal traders.

Ward 4 councillor Luyanda Tyokwana accompanied Councillor Feni during the hand-over.

Councillor Feni encouraged the scores of commuters present at the taxi rank to eat lots of healthy food with a high vitamin C content, such as fruit and vegetable, as it help to boost the immune system.

He also urged taxi owners to educate their passengers regarding the precautionary measures to follow to avoid being infected by the deadly virus: “We know you mean business, but let us adhere to the lockdown Level 3 regulations, which stipulate that minibuses must load a maximum of 70% in terms of capacity. Passengers should sanitise often and always wear a mask, because by so doing you are not only protecting yourself but also the person sitting next to you”.

Nelson Mandela Bay was highlighted as the epicentre of Coronavirus in the Eastern Cape Province. As of yesterday, 09 June 2020, the Eastern Cape has registered 6760 confirmed cases with 138 deaths.

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Councillor Feni reiterated that donations of PPEs alone were not enough, as health education about this pandemic was also vital in bringing about significant change in flattening the curve of the virus.

“Ours is to keep on encouraging our people to wear masks, maintain social distancing and wash their hands. That is why we brought soaps, sanitisers and masks.”

“We want to comply with President Ramaphosa’s call that we should all fight the pandemic. We have observed the numbers in certain areas escalating, so it is our responsibility to ensure that we address this development.“

“Walmer Township is one of the hotspot areas in the Metro, but I am happy to see that the people are adhering to the regulations of the lockdown. As a caring leadership of the city, we want to ensure that our communities are safer and the curve of the virus is flattened”, Cllr Feni concluded.

A local informal trader Sesethu Mzini said that she was happy to see their leadership visiting the township during this trying time. Mzini applauded the Municipality for not only providing theory about this disease, but also equipment to protect residents.

She said, “At least they are not here to campaign for votes, but to equip us with knowledge and provide us with PPE. Some of us cannot afford to buy sanitisers and masks because we are not working. You sometimes wonder why people from the townships do not wear masks and think that it is ignorance, only to find out that it is a financial issue.”

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