DWS handout bucket of sanitizers to senior citizens in Mangaung

A joint campaign by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality to fight the spread of COVID-19 Virus was carried out today at SASSA pay points in Mangaung, Bloemfontein. The elderly people collecting their SASSA pension grants were given buckets that contain sanitizers and were
encouraged to wash their hands regularly with soap and water to avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus.

The buckets were given at SASSA Post Office pay points of Rocklands and Batho locations in Mangaung. Each bucket contained a one-litre bottle of a hand sanitizer, two bleaches, four hand soaps, two sets of rubber gloves and a face mask. Other than washing their hands regularly, the elderly were also sensitized on maintaining a social distance, especially when coming to collect their grants.

As of 6 May 2020, the total number of confirmed cases in South Africa is 7 808 with 3 153 recoveries and 153 Corona virus-related deaths. It is therefore important that we adhere to the restrictions as stipulated by the Level 4 restrictions of COVID-19.

The Department of Water and Sanitation at the Free State Province is hard at work to provide water tanks and to deliver water by water trucks to water restricted communities. This is to ensure that these communities, particularly in informal settlements and rural area, have access to water.

Following the announcement of the country’s lockdown by President Ramaphosa, the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu made a call that there should be urgent interventions to ensure every South African has access to water.

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