On 30 April 2020, minister Ivan Meyer met with key stakeholders in Witzenberg to present the cabinet approved Western Cape Government Integrated COVID-19 Response Plan for the Witzenberg region.

This plan is in response to the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Witzenberg region and follows consultation with various provincial departments, the mayors and deputy mayors of the Witzenberg and Cape Winelands District Municipalities, Agri Western Cape, the Witzenberg Business Initiative and relevant law enforcement agencies.

Curbing the spread of COVID-19

The Integrated COVID-19 Response Plan responds to the current health, law enforcement and workplace challenges in the Witzenberg area and requires everyone to work towards curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Witzenberg region.

Given the strategic role that agriculture plays in the Cape Winelands region, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (DoA) and the Department of Health (DoH) are already engaging the agricultural sector to assist with the development of guidelines and protocols for screening and testing on farms.

Protecting agricultural workers

As part of the goal to ensure that all agricultural workers are provided with personal protective equipment, the DoA in partnership with Agri Western Cape and AFASA distributed 35 198 face masks to agricultural workers in the Witzenberg region.

The government’s partnership with Distell, which donated 500 litres of hand sanitiser to vulnerable communities, enabled us to allocate 150 litres to Witzenberg Municipality.

Minister Meyer is grateful to Anton Rabe, executive director of Hortgro, who on behalf of the deciduous fruit sector arranged for fruit donations from Core Fruit Pty (Ltd) and the Dutoit Group.

The people of Witzenberg are urged to abide by the five golden rules – keep washing your hands, keep sanitising, keep social distancing, keep wearing a mask outdoors and keep obeying the lockdown regulations. – Press release, Western Cape government