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City takes drastic measures to curb spread of coronavirus
​In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak being declared as a
global pandemic and President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a
national state of disaster, eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda led
by example when he sanitised his hands at one of the
Durban City Hall entrances. The City has placed sanitising
agents at the entrance of all Municipal buildings and Mayor
Kaunda has urged residents to heed the President’s
call of being constantly hygienic by washing their hands
thoroughly with soap.
ETHEKWINI Municipality has taken drastic measures to curb the global coronavirus pandemic. This is in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s clarion call for government and stakeholders to combat the spread of Covid-19.

EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda announced on 18 March stringent measures to minimise the transmission of the virus. This includes prohibiting bathing at all beaches with immediate effect. He emphasised that beaches are not closed, but only swimming is prohibited.

However, lifeguards will remain on duty to monitor and ensure safety. Law enforcement will be engaged to monitor those that do not adhere to these measures. All swimming pools will be closed, effective immediately for the duration of the school break and will re-open after the Easter holidays. Municipal libraries and museums have also been closed but staff will be at work. The use of community halls and cemeteries in the City has been restricted to not more than 50 people. Weddings and social gatherings at parks have been suspended indefinitely. “The lives of our residents will always be our priority and under no circumstances shall we take chances,” said Mayor Kaunda.

As part of strict adherence to the President’s directive, the City will provide water tanks in all informal settlements where no communal ablution facilities exist. There will also be on-going sanitisation and cleaning of facilities such as hostels, informal settlements, informal traders’ stalls and public transport ranks to ensure hygiene. 

The Municipality will also install water tanks and standpipes at taxi ranks. Mayor Kaunda said the
address by the President gave all South Africans a clear directive. “Under my stewardship, the City must comply. Failure could result in more cases of infection and would be antithetical to the position taken by our government in this regard.” He added: “I therefore urge everyone to ensure that
these measures are adhered to without fail.” The markets are still operating.

Sellers and buyers will be provided with sanitising essentials. Municipal banking halls and Sizakala centres will remain open, however the City will ensure that high levels of hygiene prevail and the number of people going to the centres will be managed. Residents are encouraged to make use of
the electronic systems to pay their accounts.

Customers can access their utility bills on the following this link. Alternatively, customers who have enquiries can contact the customer service helpline on 031 324 5000.

The City has also postponed the State of the City Address which was due to take place this month. An aggressive awareness campaign to educate residents about the virus is also underway in all 110 wards. The Metro Police has halted the use of breathalyser tests, however monitoring of drunk driving will continue to be enforced through other means, including the drawing of blood.

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