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First Two COVID19 Related Deaths in the Greater Oudtshoorn Confirmed

Oudtshoorn, 3 July 2020 – It is sad to announce that the Greater Oudtshoorn has recorded its first two deaths as a result of COVID19 related sicknesses.

“We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased ones. We empathise with the families and loved ones that had to undergo this difficult time of grief,” said the acting Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Councillor Noluthando Mwati. 

“We appeal to the community to support one another other during this very difficult time in our lives. This is the time that we need to support each other more than ever before. People that have been infected and affected by COVID19 need support and not stigmatisation,” acting Mayor Mwati added.

As the number of confirmed positive cases are increasingly rapidly and the general community of the Greater Oudtshoorn is asked to apply the safety protocols as individuals and in businesses.

To date, a total number of 79 COVID19 confirmed cases have been registered with 29 recoveries and 50 active cases.


Meanwhile, the Oudtshoorn Municipality’s main offices in Voortrekker Road have been temporarily closed today, 3 July 2020 for disinfection, following a confirmed COVID19 positive case.

The Fire, Rescue & Disaster Management team has already closed down the building to decontaminate. Officials and Councillors have been asked to vacate the premises. The building will be reopened on Monday, 6 July 2020.

“The spread of the virus can only be stopped by us, let us continue to abide by the COVID19 rules and regulations,” said Mwati.

“The manner in which people conduct themselves is concerning; it appears that people have gone into a relaxation mode and it is business as usual. We appeal to everyone to please stay at home and continue to wear masks, wash hands and keep safe social distancing,” Mwati added.

“As from today, we will be issuing Oudtshoorn specific COVID19 statistics on a daily basis, using all available communication mediums, especially social media,” she concluded.