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August 27
Level two lockdown a welcome relief for the City's economy

WE RECENTLY had the opportunity as the City to accompany KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala and the MEC for Health Nomagugu Zulu-Simelane to Toyota South Africa’s operations in Isiphingo where we received a donation of 10 Toyota Hilux Legend 50 4x4 vehicles as part of a partnership between the private and public sector in the fight against Covid-19.

This donation will enable the Department of Health’s outreach teams to expand the mass community-based screening, testing and contact tracing. This will ensure that we reduce the risk of having unaccounted cases of infections while we strive to revive our local economy.

However, the fact that the country has been downgraded to alert level 2 does not mean that we should rest on our laurels as the risk of infection still remains high. The fight against this invisible enemy is far from over. However, the move to lockdown restriction level 2 is much needed by the tourism industry which has been one of the hardest hit sectors. The announcement of the lowering in restriction levels has been well received by this sector and understandably so.

Tourism is one of the major contributors to the City’s economy and we are excited to reopen the sector under the new Covid-19 safety regulations. When we conducted a walkabout in the uMhlanga Precinct to assess the level of readiness for the reopening of the tourism sector recently, I along with a number of tourism officials were left impressed with the level of compliance from hotels, eateries and other tourism linked industries.

There is glimmer of hope now that entertainment hubs such as Florida Road and Chartwell Drive in uMhlanga Village together with township hotspot establishments are ready to host visitors in accordance to Covid-19 safety protocols. We look forward to seeing the public enjoy spaces such as the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the beachfront and uShaka Marine World which is set to re-open on 1 September. On the same token, I bemoan the irresponsible drinking that we have witnessed recently.

The virus is still upon us and I want the public to remain vigilant and drink responsibly. Also, let us continue washing our hands, wearing our masks and maintaining a social distance. We have seen the positive impact that these measures have had in curbing the spread of the coronavirus. It is upon all of us to act responsible and do our part to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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