Several planned events were cancelled indefinitely this week, following president Cyril Ramaphosa’s pronouncement on Sunday for people to practise social distancing by not meeting in groups of more than 100.
The majority of schools in Komani and surrounding areas closed on Wednesday as per the president’s instruction, with some having closed earlier. Various other events have also been postponed, including The Rep’s Rainbow Run which was set to take place on Wednesday.
The South African National Blood Services (SANBS) which planned its annual award ceremony in Komani for Monday also postponed the event.
SANBS donor relations practitioner Maryke Harris said a decision was made to postpone all the donor award functions planned for this week to remain in line with the president’s appeal on Sunday evening.
“Blood drives will continue as usual, except for shopping centre drives as schools have extended the holiday period. Blood drives are an essential and core function and have to continue to ensure a sufficient blood supply to those whose lives depend on it. The drives are deemed safe as experts in infection control have increased disinfectant wipes, gloves and sanitisers being used. We appeal to all healthy individuals to please donate blood during this time to prevent another type of national crisis in terms of potential blood shortages. The new date of the awards will be communicated in due course.”
The Enoch Mgijima Municipality chief librarian Helen Sparg said they had received a communique from the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture head office (DSRAC) this week informing them to close all libraries, in line with the president’s plea to limit gatherings.
“All 11 libraries in Enoch Mgijima are closed to the public, but staff are there for people who want to return books. However, those who cannot return them during this closure will not be fined, but are urged to take good care of them. We planned to have a tea with senior citizens on Wednesday to promote the importance of reading, encourage them to open a book club and for them to be involved with libraries, but we had to be cancel the event. This outbreak affects all corners of society and it is upon every citizen to do what must be done to keep safe. On the bright side of things, we will get to spend time with our families, our homes will stop being places where we all come back to after work just to sleep, only to leave the next morning,” she chuckled.