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R30,7 million for enhanced COVID-19 cleansing in rental flats, hostels <p>This additional budget has been sourced from the reprioritisation of the City’s current budget until June 2020. This is to introduce preventative intervention projects in and around Public Housing areas in accordance with COVID-19 requirements. It is part of the City’s broader programme to help residents stay as healthy as possible and to reduce the spread of COVID-19 where possible, especially in the metro’s hot spot areas. </p><p>It must be noted the City is committed to an ongoing maintenance service and cleaning of communal areas around its rental housing. However, the COVID-19 crisis has brought about heightened requirements to ensure the spread of the virus is slowed down and ultimately killed through the introduction of various prevention measures such as sanitising surfaces and hands, among others. </p><p><strong>Thus, the enhanced COVID-19 level sanitation and hygiene services to be provided include:</strong></p><ul><li>regular cleaning of all high-contact communal surfaces with special disinfectant </li><li>expanded waste removal services at sites</li><li>provision of hand-sanitiser at main entrances and exits to buildings like communal hostels and rental cottages for the elderly tenants</li><li>deep cleaning of all public spaces in the chosen accommodation facilities </li></ul><p>‘For the remainder of the 2019/20 financial year until the end of June, the City’s focus will be on Langa hostels, excluding Transnet’s hostels, and Community Residential Units (CRUs) in the greater Elsies River area. The programme will be rolled out further from 1 July 2020 to other units across the metro when the new financial year’s budget kicks in. Enhanced cleansing at the remaining public housing facilities will be rolled out in the next financial year. These include CRUs in Elsies River, the City’s rental housing for senior citizens, the City-owned Langa hostels, Gugulethu Section 2 and 3 hostels, Nyanga hostels, Mfuleni hostels and Lwandle hostels in Strand excluding private owned hostels like Transnet-owned and PSG in Langa.  </p><p>‘We know that we must adapt and react to our changed reality. The wellbeing of our residents is our priority and we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our residents. In addition to the cleansing of our public housing facilities, the City wishes to emphasise the importance of wearing a mask as well as thorough and frequent handwashing with soap and water for all of our residents. This is a key precaution as a general rule for all residents to also look after and take responsibility as far as possible for their own safety and hygiene requirements. During this unprecedented time, community support remains essential,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi.</p><p>All due process must be completed, including the tender process and the appointment of cleaning teams. The City’s Public Housing Department is doing all it can to ensure these processes are being finalised in haste and roll out should commence soon. </p><p><strong>Proposals for the new financial year include:</strong></p><ul><li>Spraying down of open walk ways, walls, surfaces and other open spaces</li><li>Deep cleaning of passages, staircase, fire escapes and refuse areas</li><li>Reactive and preventative pest control</li></ul><p>All work will be done in accordance with COVID-19 health and safety standards, including social distancing, enhanced sanitising such as hand washing and ensuring workers have access to Personal Protective Equipment. </p><p>‘There is much work under way in all City operations and services. This essential sanitation and hygiene work is being planned as construction at some City housing projects resumes and enhanced basic service delivery and plans for the creation of healthier spaces in vulnerable areas and informal settlements continues. A sincere thank you to the various City departments for working to ensure that we get through this crisis together. Working as one city, together we are stronger,’ said Councillor Booi. </p><p>In addition to these projects, the City is strengthening its COVID-19 awareness and communication campaigns especially in high risk hot spot areas across the metro. </p><p>For more information go to <a href=""></a><br> <br> <br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-06-03T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82;L0|#00d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82|human settlements;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#b7a39552-fca6-41b6-a785-a31c13e2784b;L0|#0b7a39552-fca6-41b6-a785-a31c13e2784b|Hostels;GPP|#c68339a9-4d36-46d9-b104-39c21214789e;GPP|#d63bd629-d5be-4620-9b73-8aad507667751


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