Department of water and sanitation to provide free sanitiser at public spaces

Lindiwe Sisulu. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).
Lindiwe Sisulu. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).

The minister of human settlements, water and sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has announced that her department will roll out water tanks and sanitisers to people occupying public spaces.

This is after President Cyril Ramaphosa declared Covid-19 (coronavirus) a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act. He also discouraged gatherings of more than a 100 people at once, while encouraging hygienic habits such as washing hands regular and social distancing.

Minister Sisulu says she has directed her department to ensure that the less fortunate ought to be provided with sufficient water.

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“I have directed the department to increase provision of water and sanitation in high-density public areas, informal settlements and rural areas in response to the coronavirus that has reached our shores,” she said in a statement.

The public spaces also include taxi ranks, train and bus stations, and other areas where people congregate.

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She says this initiative is to prevent an increase in Covid-19. She says people should continue being mindful of how they use water.

“This intervention is in support of the measures which have been put in place to minimise and curb the spread of the virus. I plead with fellow South Africans to wash their hands regularly, while at the same time using water sparingly to ensure water for all,” the statement read.