Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality intensifies w enforcement as Covid-19 rapidly increases
Published: November 11, 2020 << BACK TO NEWS
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has been highlighted as the new COVID-19 epicentre in the country. This comes after the Department of Health reported that there were 5574 active cases in the City as at Tuesday, 10 November 2020.
Following the COVID-19 Metro Command Council meeting on Wednesday, 11 November 20202, Acting Mayor Councillor Thsonono Buyeye said the City had become an epicentre due to the alarming infection rate after positive cases jumped from hundreds of infections about two weeks ago to 5574 active cases this week.
Speaking to the media virtually on Wednesday, Councillor Thsonono Buyeye said: "We are a hotspot in the province, we are a hotspot in the country and that is very troubling us. The rate at which the numbers are increasing is alarming. Every citizen needs to be aware of the danger we are in. The reports we are getting are beginning to scare us. The reports from the private and public hospitals indicate that we are in a serious situation as a City. Our hospitals are full; ICU beds are a struggle to get.”
"All of a sudden, within a short space of time, the field hospital is like gold to us. We are seeing even children getting infected and there are various reasons for that. The ages between 14 and 24 years is becoming a real worry to us. The issue of compliance, especially when it comes to social gatherings is troubling. If we don’t change our ways, the situation has a potential to get even worse than what it is now.”
In addition to various interventions which include strict law enforcement, the City has requested the curfew to start from 10pm until 4am instead of the 12am currently in place. Mayor Buyeye said feedback was still expected from the Provincial Government on the request.
NMBM Disaster Management Chairperson Shane Brown emphasised that from a hotspot point of view, the City had become a hotspot of the entire country.
"Yesterday alone we had 840 new positive cases, our hospitals have reached capacity. A lot of the hospitals have now started cancelling elective surgery simply because there is no capacity. The nurses and doctors are being infected heavily and there has been deaths as well in that regard. Unfortunately, a lot of the positive cases are with the younger generation from 6 years up to 35 years, which indicates that going back to school and universities and the night life has played a part.
"We have noticed that there has been a massive increase of night life in our City, this means parties and we know that where there is night life there is absolutely zero social distancing. We have asked the law enforcement agencies to play a greater role there to ensure there is enforcement taking place and remind owners of taverns, pubs, restaurants and night clubs who are operating illegally as it is not allowed under Level 1. We have asked law enforcement to drive around not just to close them down but around 10pm ask them to do their last rounds, 12am is curfew. It means at 12am you are supposed to be home already not outside. People have been arrested for being on the streets after 12am and some businesses owners have been arrested and fined in the last few weeks,” Brown said.
Mayor Buyeye said while a harder lockdown was not ideal, they City may be forced to enforce it to save people’s lives as there was no ward in the City that did not have a COVID-19 active case.
Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.
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Library services regret to inform its NMBM community that its e-newspaper and
e-magazine service is suspended with immediate effect until further notice due to
technical and administrative challenges. The Library service is doing its
best to restore normal services. We are hoping to have resolved our challenges
within a month.
our users may still access the e-book and audiobook service (Overdrive) by
going through the municipal website or via downloading the Libby app.
for e-books and audiobooks send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Director – NMBM Libraries
Published: 20 Jan 2021, Resolved: 21 Jan 2021RESOLVED
CALL CENTRE DOWN DUE TO POWER OUTAGE AFFECTING DITCHLING SUBSTATION.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality would like to inform residents and businesses that the service delivery call centre is down due the power outage affecting Ditchling substation.
Consumers can submit complaints via e-mail at email@example.com
The Municipality would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.
Published: 20 Jan 2021, Resolved: 21 Jan 2021RESOLVED
Large parts of Nelson Mandela Bay affected by power failure.
Areas affected include:
Blue Horizon Bay
Response teams attending to restoration of supply. No timeframe available.
We apologise for the inconvenience
Published: 16 Jan 2021, Resolved: 17 Jan 2021RESOLVED
WATER DISRUPTION: WALMER PARK & SURROUNDS
16 January 2021
The Municipality would like to inform residents that a second burst occurred this morning at Victoria Park School area, on Airport 525mm diameter water main. The following areas are affected:
3. South End
4. Forest Hill
5. Humewood and parts of Summerstrand, mainly below 2nd Avenue.
Repairs are currently still ongoing. The team has been on site since last night.
In the interim, water tankers remain stationed at the following locations:
1) 6th Avenue Mall, Walmer
2) 1st Avenue Spar, Walmer
3)Caltex garage, Forest Hill
4) Spar Humerail
5) Caltex garage next to Boardwalk.
The inconvenience caused is regretted.
Published: 14 Jan 2021, Resolved: 19 Jan 2021RESOLVED
Stage 2 load-shedding
Schedule for Monday, 18 January
08H00-10H30: Groups 12,17 10H00-12H30: Groups 13,18; 12H00-14H30: Groups 14,19; 14H00-16H30: Groups 15,1; 16H00-18H30: Groups 16, 2 18H00-20H30: Groups 17, 3; 20H00-22H30: Group 18, 4; 22H00-23H30: Group 19, 5
Click here to go to the load-shedding page
Published: 09 Jan 2021, Resolved: 11 Jan 2021RESOLVED
libraries after the Christmas Closure
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Library Service will re-open
on the 11 Jan and continue receiving of library materials. Libraries will
receive library materials from 09h00 until 15h30 on Monday to Thursday and
09h00 – 13h30 on Fridays
Walmer Library will
receive library materials on alternate days every week, i.e. Monday, Wednesday
and Friday. Monday and Wednesday both
libraries will open for receipt of library materials from 09h00 until 15h30;
and 09h00 – 13h30 on Fridays.
North End and Algoa
Park Library will receive library materials daily from 8h30 – 12h30
Library materials will be accepted at the entrance of each
library for quarantining. Library
patrons will not be allowed inside the library.
Patrons will be offered a “call and collect” service for library
materials they wish to borrow.
All public are advised that masks must be worn at all times
and they will be required to have their temperatures taken and complete a
contact tracing register.
All libraries will be open for this service with the
exception of Allanridge, Chatty, Kwamagxaki, and Motherwell Libraries due to
All patrons are encouraged to use the NMBM online platform,
Libby, or through the Overdrive website @ http://nmbm.lib.overdrive.com
to borrow library materials