Covid-19 awareness campaign held in City

GIVEN the increasing number of Covid-19
infections in KwaZulu-Natal – with eThekwini being the epicentre of the pandemic in the province- eThekwini held a successful Covid-19 awareness campaign. The campaign, which took place on 19 January, saw several hotspot areas in the Central Business District visited.

The public was educated on the dangers of the new coronavirus variant and were encouraged to practice social distancing as well as to wear a mask when out in public and to sanitise or wash their hands often in order to stay safe.

Various Municipal departments and external stakeholders including the Metro Police, Health, Safer Cities, Disaster Management, Operation
Sukuma Sakhe, KZN Community Policing
Forum, South African Police Service and the KZN Department of Social Development joined for the campaign in a concerted effort to slow down the
infection rate.

The motorcade began at North Beach and proceeded to various sites that often attract large crowds such as the Home Affairs offi ces in uMgeni Road, the Durban Bus Station, the Durban Central and South beaches and Warwick Junction to name a few. Ward 28
Councillor Ntandoyenkosi Khuzwayo applauded the initiative. “This virus
is a killer. We do not take such initiatives lightly. I further want to thank and encourage frontline workers for the work they have done so far. Let us also spread awareness within our communities on
precautions to keep safe.”

Nokwanda Mkhize from the City Health Unit encouraged the public to get tested for Covid-19 if they are showing any

“There are two free rapid testing centres which operate from 8am to 3pm at the Small Enterprise Development Agency at the market and the undercover parking at Berea Centre,” she said.