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Skip Navigation LinksMedia Statement - SUSPENSION OF COUNCIL CORPORATE CALENDAR AND CLOSURE OF MUNICIPAL FACILITIES - 23 March 2020

In view of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State President Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of National Disaster on Sunday, 15th March 2020.

The Government Gazette No. 43107 issued on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 and the regulations issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in terms of section 27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 and the health protocols detailed by the Minister of Health gives guidance to municipalities on how to prevent the risk of transmission.

Polokwane Municipality hereby notifies the public on the following temporary measures being implemented with immediate effect to ensure social distancing and prevent the risk of transmission:

  • Suspension of Council corporate calendar activities except in exceptional situations where the meetings will be managed to ensure compliance;
  • Suspension of all municipal staff meetings except under extreme emergency, which involves critical service delivery
  • There will be controlled access to all municipal offices. Members of the public who wish to communicate with the municipality are encouraged to do so telephonically or through the emails;
  • Suspension of certain services at the traffic centre. A detailed statement will be issued;
  • All the municipal swimming pools in Seshego, Westenburg and the Town Pool will be closed;
  • Closure of all municipal sport and recreational facilities including all parks and community halls;
  • Closure of museums such as Polokwane Art Museum, Bakone Malapa, Irish House, and Photographic museum;
  • Partial closure of all libraries. Only members borrowing and returning books at the libraries will be allowed access;
  • Suspension of all housing beneficiary registrations at Itsoseng;
  • ​Suspension of municipal gatherings or contact sessions of more than 100 people;
  • ​Cancellation of briefing meetings for tenders. Please note that closing dates for tender submission are still valid unless an extension is published;
  • Cancellation of all bookings for municipal facilities by either internal or external stakeholders;
  • Funeral times will be allocated to each bereaved family to access the cemeteries. All burials will be allocated a maximum of one-hour interval; and the time will be allocated on first
  • come first serve basis as from 09:30 am. Affected families are encouraged to observe recommended hygiene practices and limit the number of mourners to family members or restrict the mourners to not more than 100. The maximum number of mourners to have access to cemeteries is 100 per funeral. All bereaved families are urged to arrange on time with the municipality on 015 290 2246 / Mr. Edward Hutamo on 083 824 9872 / Disego Machete on 083 671 9917, Mr. Leonard Chuene for Silicon Cemetery on 083 665 6144, Mr. Phalama Mamabolo for Mankweng Cemetery on 076 162 9028 and Mr. Mackson Setjie for Seshego Cemetery on 067 160 5532;

All municipal rates halls including the Civic Centre in the city, Traffic Centre, Seshego, Mankweng and Sebayeng will operate on strict access control. The municipality therefore encourages the consumers to make use of Electronic Funds Transfer and Easypay for payments. The due date for payment of services is the 25th of each month and consumers are encouraged to pay in time to avoid termination of their services. Accounts can be viewed on the municipal website. A detailed statement will be issued.

The facilities to be closed are to remain closed until further notice. There will be stringent control measures in terms of access to all municipal facilities, in particular rates hall, traffic stations,
libraries, game reserve and cemeteries.

Essential services will continue as normal.

Community members are urged to comply and cooperate with the municipality on these temporary arrangements. The municipality appreciates your cooperation during this challenging
time.

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Issued by Communications and Marketing Unit