Parliament, Thursday, 19 March 2020 – The Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure welcomes the move by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure to identify buildings owned by government that can be used as quarantine sites for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.
The committee is pleased with the fact that these sites will cater for all South African citizens particularly those patients who are not able to afford private healthcare.
The committee sees this move as a demonstration of how serious the government takes this pandemic. This step also shows the government’s commitment in treating, and containing this COVID-19 in a manner that protects the well-being of society.
Furthermore, the committee appreciates the teams from the department that have been travelling across the country and identifying the properties that should be used for this purpose.
According to the committee, the government’s seamless and coordinated approach in working on this matter will assist greatly in ensuring that the country wins the battle.
The committee would also like to echo government’s pleas in asking South Africans to continue practicing social distancing and good hygiene to avoid the spreading of this virus.
ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE, MS NOLITHA NTOBONGWANA.
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