Statement Delivered to the Media by MEC Madoda Sambatha on Status of the Coronavirus in the North West Province

Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the media,


The world community of nations is in the middle of a response to Corona Virus (COVID – 19) pandemic. We meet here this morning following last night’s address by President Cyril Ramaphosa in which he declared national lockdown in the wake of increasing Coronavirus cases in the country.  We sadly also learnt that the North West Province has now recorded 5 confirmed cases.  

One patient is from Mahikeng, two from Rustenburg and one from Bloemhof.  The Mahikeng patient is a 68 year old male who travelled to three countries in Europe – Spain, France and Italy.  He is asymptomatic and quarantined at home. His primary contacts have been identified.


From Bojanala two cases are reported.  The first one is a 39 year old female who sought care at Peglarae Hospital in Rustenburg on 17 March 2020. Tests were conducted by Lancet lab on 17th March and confirmed positive COVID19 on 21 March 2020. The patient has been on self-quarantine at home from 17th, is currently stable in good condition. The second patient is a 40 year old female visited obstetrician at Louis Pasteur hospital in Pretoria on 17th with symptoms. She was also tested by Lancet lab and confirmed positive on 21 March 2020.  The patient is on self-quarantine at home since 17th. Condition stable.


The fourth patient is from Bloemhof in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati.  This patient is said to have attended church in Bloemfontein and is a 21 year old female. She was in contact with visitors from European countries.  The patient is asymptomatic and is self-quarantined. Contact tracing in is underway. 


The fifth case is new, has just been announced today.  We therefore are still tracking details of this case and will announce as information is received.


Risks Identified

There are a number of risk factors we identified that needs to be mitigated if we are to adequately halt the spread.  These are:


Provincial Response to COVID-19


The North West Province has responded to the COVID-19 at the highest level.  To date the following are in place: 




Emerging Needs



Important Resolutions


The following decisions have been taken to further halt the spread:


The Department of Health is calling all stakeholders into a partnership.  We need to use every available media platform to educate about symptoms and prevention strategies.



I thank you!