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Municipality withdraws from co-hosted festive events

12 November 2020

With the steady rise of coronavirus infections in the region and country, Kouga Municipality has officially announced that it will no longer co-host and fund events for the festive season.

With about 937 active cases in the Sarah Baartman District, of which 228 are from Kouga Municipality, the infections continue to increase.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said that the municipality had no other option but to attempt to nip the problem in the bud by withdrawing from all events it would have co-hosted and funded. 

“Unfortunately, due to the resurgence in Covid-19 cases and possibility of a second wave in the municipal area, we cannot continue with these events”, he said.

“We do acknowledge that the National Disaster Management Act restrictions on the number of people allowed at public gatherings have been amended, but it is important to halt all high-risk events and protect those who would be involved in them.”

The municipality will continue to assess the situation and the planned events may be hosted during the Easter season in 2021.

The partnership agreement with Oomph Media to co-host the municipality’s summer programme has been suspended and will be reviewed with the possibility of co-hosting events over the Easter period.

“The coronavirus pandemic has illustrated the need for event cancellation for when the truly unexpected happens,” said the Mayor.

“Life and events simply cannot go on as usual.

“If we remain vigilant and adhere to the safety precautions, the light at the end of the tunnel will come sooner than we expect.”