Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 16 September

16 September 2020

As of 1pm on 16 September, the Western Cape has 2 677 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 108 039 confirmed cases and 101 275 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

108 039

Total recoveries

101 275

Total deaths

4 087

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

2 677

Total number of tests

510 063

Hospital admissions 660 of which 120 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 75 632

 71 120

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 12 529

 11 766

Central Karoo District Municipality

 768

 641

Garden Route District Municipality

9 598

8 856

Overberg District Municipality

 3 375

 3 170

West Coast District Municipality

 3 972

3 611

Unallocated

2 165

2 111

Total

108 039

101 275

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

9 460

 8 933

Southern

 9 732

 9 072

Klipfontein

 9 204

 8 504

Mitchells Plain

 8 628

 8 139

Tygerberg

 13 354

 12 630

Khayelitsha

8 343

7 841

Eastern

10 199

9 602

Northern

6 712

6 399

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

75 632

71 120

Cape Winelands District Municipality

12 529

11 766

Breede Valley

3 406

3 201

Drakenstein

4 327

4 078

Langeberg

1 139

1 072

Stellenbosch

2 051

1 932

Witzenberg

1 606

1 483

Central Karoo District Municipality

768

641

Beaufort West

601

499

Laingsburg

139

122

Prince Albert

28

20

Garden Route District Municipality

9 598

8 856

Bitou

606

570

George

3 479

3 244

Hessequa

301

280

Kannaland

110

109

Knysna

1 448

1 342

Mossel Bay

2 299

2 179

Oudtshoorn

1 355

1 132

Overberg District Municipality

3 375

3 170

Cape Agulhas

281

261

Overstrand

1 596

1 515

Swellendam

328

296

Theewaterskloof

1 170

1 098

West Coast District Municipality

3 972

3 611

Bergriver

424

394

Cederberg

162

156

Matzikama

443

325

Saldanha Bay

1 367

1 296

Swartland

1 576

1 440

Unallocated

2 165

2 111

Data note: It is not always possible to check and verify that the address data supplied for each new recorded case is correct, within the time frames required to provide regular and timely updates. This means that in some instances, cases could be allocated to the wrong sub-districts. We are working with the sub-districts to clean and verify the data and where errors are picked up locally, cases will be re-allocated to the correct areas. 

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 8 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4087. We send our condolences to their family and friends at this time.

Addressing human dignity through new developments:

During our cabinet Bosberaad held last month, we identified three key pillars around which the Western Cape Government will focus its post-COVID-19 recovery. 

COVID-19 has had an extraordinary impact on governments and on people around the globe. In our recovery plan, our focus is on the three key areas that impact the lives of residents most: jobs, safety and human dignity and well-being. 

For many of our residents, their home is a sense of pride and dignity. We also understand providing a safe place to live is a significant step in restoring the dignity of residents and in addressing the spatial inequalities of our past. 

Today, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela announced that construction has begun on the first phase of housing at the Conradie site in Pinelands. The 22-hectare Conradie site is the pilot for the Better Living Model, which will create 3500 mixed-use, mixed-income housing opportunities close to the Cape Town CBD. 

At least 49% of the housing units will be affordable, grant-funded units. The developers, Concor, will also build two new affordable schools, with a capacity for 1600 learners. Once complete, it will also include sports and recreation facilities, and retail creating a site which allows for living, working, playing and learning. 

Pinelands is just outside of the CBD, while also being close to economic opportunities in Ndabeni, Epping Industria, and Goodwood. It is also situated close to public transport.  

Construction on the first four blocks of 432 social housing units, as well as the sale of the first 288 FLISP units, starts this month- with the entire first phase of development expected to be completed by April 2022. The entire development will be completed in 2026. 

Student accommodation: 

I am also pleased that the student accommodation phase of the Belhar CBD development has begun, with the University of the Western Cape doing a virtual sod-turning for their 2700 bed residence in this precinct, this week. 

The Belhar CBD development is also a mixed-use, mixed-income development, providing various types of affordable and social housing, as well as housing for military veterans. 

The site is close to the campuses of two of the province’s biggest tertiary institutions- UWC and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology as well as to other smaller colleges. This development will therefore provide affordable accommodation, which is close to campus, allowing them to focus on learning and developing their skills for the future. 

Both of these developments will also create thousands of jobs during the construction phase- allowing people to earn a salary, thereby further contributing to the dignity and well-being of the people of this province.