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NORTH WEST MECs TEST NEGATIVE TO COVID-19

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NORTH WEST MECs TEST NEGATIVE TO COVID-19

RUSTENBURG  - The five North West Province MECs who were contacts of the Premier and late MEC Gordon Kegakilwe all tested negative to COVID-19. The good news have been welcome as a relief to these Members of the Executive Council who form the core of COVID-19 Provincial Command Council and are instrumental to the Province’s fight against COVID-19. The MECs have been on quarantine since it emerged that the Premier who is their contact tested positive.

The five MECs are MEC for Health Madoda Sambatha, Social Development MEC Boitumelo Moiloa Education MEC Wendy Matsemela, Finance MEC Motlalepula Rosho and Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Desbo Mohono.  The Advisor to the Premier Mr Zakes Tolo also tested negative. The test was conducted yesterday at their quarantine facility in Rustenburg. 

Health MEC Madoda Sambatha had earlier during the week encouraged fellow MECs to publicly test for COVID-19. “It is important that we lead by example by de-stigmatizing COVID-19 and instilling public confidence in the capacity of our Province to deal with COVID-19”, said MEC Sambatha 

MEC Sambatha also said that though they tested negative they will continue to take precaution and implement preventative measures against COVID-19 by ensuring social distancing, wearing masks and sanitizing all the time. 

“We tested negative but it does not mean we can’t contract the virus if we do not take precaution. That is why I am appealing to the members of the public who were contacts like us but later tested negative to make sure that they remain negative by keeping social distancing, wearing masks, sanitizing or frequently washing their hands with running water and soap and avoid unnecessary travel”, added MEC Madoda Sambatha 

For more information, contact:

Motlalepula Lekoma

MLO for MEC

066 458 4544

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Ngwako Motsieng

Media Relations Manager

0674128795

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Tebogo Lekgethwane

Departmental Spokesperson

082 929 9958

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North West Department of Health

 

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