Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 28 October

As of 1pm on 28 October, the Western Cape has 3122 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 115 431 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 107 958 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

115 431

Total recoveries

107 958

Total deaths

4351

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

3122

Total number of tests

659 309

Hospital admissions  569 of which 103 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 80046

 74829

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 13179

 12458

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1020

 941

Garden Route District Municipality

10858

10084

Overberg District Municipality

 3651

 3429

West Coast District Municipality

 4601

4226

Unallocated

2076

1991

Total

115431

107958

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

10584

 9780

Southern

 10414

 9600

Klipfontein

 9581

 8854

Mitchells Plain

 9149

 8599

Tygerberg

 13927

 13177

Khayelitsha

8475

8003

Eastern

10790

10106

Northern

7126

6710

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

80046

74829

Cape Winelands District Municipality

13179

12458

Breede Valley

3531

3377

Drakenstein

4572

4303

Langeberg

1198

1135

Stellenbosch

2206

2074

Witzenberg

1672

1569

Central Karoo District Municipality

1020

941

Beaufort West

844

774

Laingsburg

142

133

Prince Albert

34

34

Garden Route District Municipality

10858

10084

Bitou

682

649

George

3889

3566

Hessequa

361

326

Kannaland

146

136

Knysna

1636

1540

Mossel Bay

2546

2421

Oudtshoorn

1598

1446

Overberg District Municipality

3651

3429

Cape Agulhas

331

293

Overstrand

1719

1626

Swellendam

361

343

Theewaterskloof

1240

1167

West Coast District Municipality

4601

4226

Bergriver

509

465

Cederberg

176

166

Matzikama

704

600

Saldanha Bay

1502

1399

Swartland

1710

1596

Unallocated

2076

1991

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 20 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4351. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

Western Cape will continue to deliver on jobs, safety and wellbeing despite budget cuts:

This afternoon, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered his medium-term budget policy statement, which confirmed that the national government would continue to pour billions of taxpayer Rands into SAA, rather than making the tough choices that this big moment in our country required. 

To fund this R10.5 billion bailout- Minister Mboweni has slashed national department budgets including that of the police, as well as provincial budgets. In the Western Cape- the budget cuts will directly impact healthcare services, as well as reduce agricultural grants which are aimed at food security and land transformation and which advance dignity through property ownership.

Perhaps Minister Mboweni's blatant lies about how our world-class hospitals operate were meant to obscure the fact that he was defunding key healthcare services in the province in the midst of a pandemic in favour of serving ‘chicken or beef’ in the sky. I want to use this opportunity to thank the officials, doctors and nurses at Tygerberg Hospital for what they have done for our people in the Western Cape – thank you!

As Minister David Maynier set out, the province has now lost over R60 million in key healthcare grant funding including:  R19.72 million from our HIV, TB, Malaria and Community Outreach Grant, R30 million from the grant that is critical to maintaining and developing healthcare services at tertiary hospitals in the province, and R11 million from a grant aimed at improving clinical training and supervision of health science trainees and increasing the capacity of our healthcare workforce in the Western Cape.

More information on how the budget impacts the Western Cape can be found in Minister Maynier's statement here: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/news/mtbps2020-saa-bailout-expense-safety-dignity-and-jobs

Minister Mbombo's response to Minister Mboweni can be read here: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/gc-news/413/55406

The Western Cape will however not be deterred from focusing on our key pillars of jobs, safety, and dignity and wellbeing. For our plans to get the job done, view the summary of my speech here: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/gc-news/97/55375

Jobs:

This afternoon I visited Mitchell's Plain, where I had the opportunity to meet with two organisations working to develop skills and create jobs. Shadow Careers, which launched their Mitchells Plain training centre in June, trains young people over a three-month period, and upon successful completion, presents them with a job offer in the call centre or BPO industry.

I then also had the opportunity to meet with Vumatel fibre, who shared with me some of their future deployment plans, and the employment opportunities that come with these kinds of private sector investments.

Earlier in the today, I also welcomed a group of recently nominated international Heads of Mission Designates, comprising new Sout African Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Consul Generals and Ministers Plenipotentiary, during which I had the opportunity to brief them on the offerings of the trade, tourism and investment offerings of the Western Cape.

Private sector-led investment is key to creating job opportunities in the Western Cape, and we are working hard to showcase our potential to local, national and international investors.

Wellbeing:

In line with our wellbeing commitments, Minister of Health, Nomafrench Mbombo today visited the Eerste River Hospital for the #Vulimpilo campaign launch. COVID-19 has had an impact on the health services that this government offers, and the campaign is a drive to reintegrate comprehensive healthcare services into the system.

This government has committed to dignity and wellbeing as one of the key pillars of our recovery and ensuring that our citizens are healthy is fundamental. While we continue to focus on managing COVID-19 in the province, we must also address other healthcare issues and ensure that children are being immunised, that we are testing and screening for illnesses like HIV and TB, and that we are managing chronic and lifestyle illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.

Safety:

As part of our safety focus, Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, is hosting a school holiday programme, with a focus on safety, for grades 5, 6 and 7 learners. This programme which will run until Friday, is taking place at four primary schools in Mitchells Plain including Rocklands Primary, West End Primary, Cascade Primary and Eastville Primary. 

Participants in the programme are taking part in sports activities while simultaneously participating in workshops on crime awareness and prevention, violence against women and children, substance abuse and safety promotion.