Covid-19: Govt lifts ban on school extramural and sports

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The government has dropped the ban on school sports.
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  • Department of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has called on schools to continue following Covid-19 rules during school activities.
  • The department announced the lifting of the ban on school sports events on 27 March.
  • Pupils, teachers, coaches and parents have been advised to follow Covid-19 regulations to prevent a possible third wave of infections.

Department of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has warned pupils, teachers, coaches, and parents to be extra cautious during school activities to avoid a third wave of Covid-19.

Motshekga announced at the weekend that the government had gazetted its decision to lift the ban on school sporting events.

These activities included sports matches, physical education, extra-curricular activities, and any school sports tournaments.

Motshekga said that although no spectators were allowed and events were subject to compliance to strict hygiene and safety measures to prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19, there were a number of safety precautions that pupils, coaches, and teachers should adhere to in order to stay safe.

"We urge learners, coaches, teachers, parents, and other parties to work together to protect us from a possible third wave and to keep their loved ones safe," Motshekga said.

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Speaking to News24, Tina Brenzel, the head of sport at the United Herzlia Schools, said she was ecstatic the green light had been given to have sporting activities again.

"I know the pupils will be over the moon to hear that they finally have the go-ahead to play matches as this is what they live for.

"To get the kids out there to compete for what they have been training for since the beginning of the year, is a massive relief for us," said Brenzel.

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Meanwhile, Ayanda Mtshazo, principal at Tembaletu, a special needs school in Gugulethu, Cape Town, said they were aware of the development, but that their pupils would not be resuming sports activities yet.

"We will wait until later in the year when the [Covid-19] cases have decreased drastically," said Mtshazo.

The department wanted schools to continue practising strict hygiene and safety measures to combat the spread of Covid-19. Schools were also expected to comply with additional safety measure as outlined by the government.

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