Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde says he welcomes the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening of a 21 day nation wide lock down period in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19 infections.
Premier Winde said the Western Cape provincial government will work closely with the National Government to ensure that the announcements made by President Ramaphosa are effectively implemented.
“I understand that there are a lot of questions at this time, and I will be meeting with my team tomorrow to ensure that we are able to provide clarity to residents on these, as soon as possible,” Winde said.
Premier Winde urged the public to refrain from panic buying and hoarding as shops will remain open to allow access to food and medications.
” We have met with big retailers who have assured us of sufficient supplies”
“Over the next few days, we will be evaluating where food security risks lie, and addressing these,” he added.
Premier Winde reaffirmed the need for cooperation during the lock down period, to ensure the objectives of the lock down are achieved.
“I understand that this shutdown is extremely difficult. In a country where personal freedom was hard won, and where people have had to work hard to build careers and livelihoods, a shut down comes with a high price. But the lives of the people of this country and this province are worth far more than this and we must all work together now, to ensure that this lock down achieves the goals it has set out to achieve: to reduce the impact of the virus and flatten the curve of infection. In this way, we will ensure that our people, especially the vulnerable, will be able to receive the healthcare they need if they do fall ill.”