The Regional Executive Committee of the ANC in Sarah Baartman Region set and assess the decision taken late last year (2020) of declaring the Region as a Hot Spot. It appreciated the President, The Minister of Health and the Premier of the Province for advancing such a decision in a quest to save the lives of the people and the livelihood within the Region.
It observed that the Covid-19 has subsided in many of the areas that were defined as problematic. It wishes to thank the people of the Region for following the orders from the leadership.
The REC further look deeper on the adjusted level 3 regulations and resolved that some flexible considerations has to be made to avert a complete collapse of the economy. It observed that the Tourism and Hospitality Industry has suffered the most which lead to many Hotels, Parks and Restaurants to suffer most. Some they opted to retrench workers.
The workers in liquor outlets such as Preston, Tops, Spar Liqour, Pick and Pay and Shoprite Liqour are staying at home and the Local
Liqour outlets such as Tarverns are sitting idle and subjected to poverty and the township economy is severely affected.
The REC resolved on the following:
- That the Curfew be review to start @ 23:00 P:M – 04:00 A:M
- The Beaches be opened under strict monitoring and strict measures be put in place by Municipalities.
- Liqour sale be opened but for offsite consumption only (Times and Days be looked at by the National Command Council)
The REC will continue to alarm the people and Communities about the effect of the Covid-19. It wants to appeal to people to once more take full responsibility of their lives.
It mandated all the ANC Mayors to articulate its views in the Provincial Command Council and further lobbied other stakeholders and political parties to support this view which they all agreed.
It also commended the sterling work done by the ANC REC Health Subcommittee. Having received an adequate apropriate briefing on the vaccine it would like to encourage the people to take it.
We dare not fail our people.
Yandiswa ‘Maya’ Vara
Regional Deputy Secretary
African National Congress
Sarah Baartman Region