Ward Based War Room Oversight Programme launched in Thembisa

Wednesday, the 22nd of July 2020 saw the launch of a two weeklong oversight initiative in Thembisa, which will monitor compliance of set regulations aimed at fighting the spread of COVID 19 specifically in hotspot zones. This approach not only supports the National Government in its effort to curb the infection rate, it also augments municipal service delivery responsiveness by readily identifying and responding to operational challenges identified in communities.

The programme will run until the 5th August 2020, targeting different areas in Thembisa, such as malls, schools, taxi ranks, spaza shops and Customer Care Centres. Communities are urged to comply with regulations, such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing especially in public areas such as malls and shopping centres and in settings such as funerals; families are encouraged to maintain a minimum number of attendees, keep registers of the same and comply with the times set for funeral proceedings.

The six pillars of ward based service delivery, championed through the Provincial Government, guide this drive. It is led by the health response pillar and closely supported by economic response, law enforcement & compliance, food security, social mobilization and lastly, state capacity & adaptability.

As the country approaches its peak, it is imperative to minimize the rate of infections especially in densely populated areas so that lives are both safe and saved. This will further enable optimal resource allocation to fight against the pandemic.