The festive season is here, but the country is still under lockdown. KwaZulu-Natal has decided to act before organisers plan big events.
In an attempt to save lives, The Provincial Executive Council (PEC) of KwaZulu Natal has discouraged the hosting of big events in the province.
“The Executive Council, on the advice of medical and scientific practitioners, resolved not to encourage the hosting of major events in the province, owing to the threat and risks imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Premier Sihle Zikalala.
The Premier said the Council acknowledges the fact that events hosted during the festive season contribute to the financial livelihood of people. However, Zikalala said the council's priority is to limit the spread of the virus.
“The provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal has a duty to protect the lives of citizens and does not want to make decisions that may be regretted later.”
The PEC sub-committee will be contacting event organisers who will be affected by this decision.
KwaZulu-Natal has the fourth highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa. After recording 544 new cases on Wednesday, the province now makes up 16% (128 697) of the total cases countrywide.
The province has extended the contracts of 7 051 employees to help fight the spread of Covid-19. These employees will continue to work for an additional 6 months.
“It will ensure that the province is equal to the task in the event that the country is hit by a second wave of this deadly and incurable virus,” said the Premier, adding that contracts will now end in March 2021."
The premier said the province will still be welcoming tourists during the festive season.
“People are encouraged to visit and enjoy the province of KwaZulu-Natal. They can hold small family activities without compromising the disaster management regulations,” Zikalala said.