The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) has been following the latest developments in relation to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases. Following the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 23, 2020 that the country will go on a lockdown effective midnight, 26 March until 16 April 2020, a number of measures will be implemented by the MTPA to ensure that we comply with the lockdown guidelines.

“All our provincial nature reserves including those on the popular Panorama route like Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, Three Rondawels and Pinnacle will be closed to the public effective from 16:00 on Wednesday, 25 March 2020. Our essential services staff like Field Rangers and all those in the Wildlife Management programme will continue to work and ensure the safety of our biological assets”, said Mr. Johannes Nobunga, Chief Executive Officer of MTPA. 

“Those officials offering essential services will continue to comply with the hygiene protocols in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. The MTPA has undertaken steps to make provision of sanitizers in our various nature reserves and the necessary protective clothing for our staff. We are hopeful that these extra measures will assist in ensuring that we maintain a hygienic environment for those officials that will be on duty during the lockdown period”, added Nobunga.

The following provincial nature reserves have been identified as quarantine sites by the national Department of Health with the estimated number of beds available:
  • SS Skosana (36 beds)
  • Andover (14 beds)
  • Manyeleti (285 beds)
  • Kroomdraai Camp (120 beds)

The additional quarantine sites within the province include the MRTT Hotel School in KaNyamazane, The Royal Hotel in Pilgrim’s Rest, Graskop Lodge and all boarding schools. The tourism industry stakeholders have also identified sites that can be used for quarantine purposes and the list has been submitted to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa.

MTPA will work with the Department of Health to ensure that the identified sites meet the minimum requirement for a quarantine site.

“We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and will be guided by the health and safety authorities. We would like to encourage our local communities to continue to follow the basic precautionary measures put in place to minimize the infection and spread of the virus and further comply with the lockdown guidelines”, concluded Nobunga.

For regular updates on COVID-19 contact the 24 hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or the WhatsApp helpline 
0600 123 456

For enquiries contact:
Kholofelo Nkambule
Senior Manager Communications
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency
+27 13 759 5550 | +27 82 451 2548 | kholofelo.nkambule@mtpa.co.za

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