Having had already implemented a number of measures in response to the growing concerns around Covid-19 prior to the national lockdown, the MTPA has since closed all travel destinations and provincial nature reserves that fall within their mandate.
Included in the list of travel destinations now currently under lockdown; the Panorama route as well as the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, Three Rondawels and Pinnacle have been closed to public access as of Wednesday, 25 March 2020 with now only essential services staff such as Field Rangers and Wildlife Management programmes continuing to work to ensure the safety of the provinces biological assets.
And while the place of the rising sun, may have closed their doors to the delight of local travel, we have certainly opened our hearts and answered the President’s call to stand united in assisting the nation in the treatment, curtail and defeat of Covid-19.
Proud to participate in protecting and preserving the safety of all South African people, the following Mpumalanga provincial nature reserves have been identified as quarantine sites by the national Department of Health. Availing nearly 450 beds to be used to treat infected individuals with the Covid-19 virus included in the list is:
- SS Skosana (36 beds)
- Andover (14 beds)
- Manyeleti (285 beds)
- Kroomdraai Camp (120 beds)
Over and above offering temporary treatment facilities to those requiring more advanced medical assistance, additional quarantine sites within the province have been made available to those that may have come in contact with infected patients and don’t have means to suitable self-isolation resources.
These provisional quarantine facilities (amongst others submitted to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa should the need for additional resourced become required), include:
- MRTT Hotel School in KaNyamazane
- The Royal Hotel in Pilgrim’s Rest
- Graskop Lodge
- All Mpumalanga based boarding schools
As South African Covid-19 infections continue to steadily incline despite every effort to flatten the infection curve, the MTPA together with stakeholders and partners remain committed to ensuring that all identified treatment and quarantine sites meet the minimum safety regulations required and will remain guided by the health and safety authorities in meeting the appropriate protocols. Over and above this, the MTPA continue to encourage all South Africans to continue to follow the basic precautionary measures put in place to minimise the risk of infection and spread of the virus as well as complying with the lockdown guidelines.
Please stay at home and exercise increased personal hygiene and handwashing as well as stringent social distancing as well as avoiding close contact with those who are ill. Should you experience any of the following symptoms do not visit your local hospital or medical offices but rather contact your health care practitioner or the Covid-19 24-Hour Hotline Number on 0800 029 999 or the Covid-19 Whatsapp Number on 0600 123 456
Simply save either number to the contacts on your cell phone and send the word "Hi" To Covid-19 Connect to begin a chat on Whatsapp.
Common Corona Virus (COVID-19) symptoms include:
- Dry cough
Other patients have been known to experience:
- Aches and pains
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
While the MTPA has every faith in the speedy return to life as we once knew it, until then stay safe, stay home and stand united in flattening the Covid-19 infection curve.