City deploys 466 Community Ambassadors in response to COVID-19 resurgence

31 Dec 2020 in Where We Govern

The City of Cape Town recently deployed 466 Community Ambassadors within the 24 Sub-Councils to mitigate and assist in the containment and spread of COVID-19. This as the resurgence and the infection rate are on the increase. 

More than 400 Community Ambassadors were deployed throughout the City to raise awareness on the COVID-19 resurgence. This includes raising awareness on social distancing, hand washing, cough etiquette and the importance of wearing a mask in public. These 466 Community Ambassadors were deployed in places such as shopping malls and public transport interchanges.

‘As a caring city, when we saw the signs of a resurgence or ‘second wave’, we immediately mobilised resources through the Expanded Public Works Programme to assist in COVID-19 prevention. This included educating people on hand washing practices and ensuring social distancing measures in public places,’ said Alderman Grant Twigg, Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management.

‘The situation will be monitored on a weekly basis and extra attention will be given to identified high risk communities. Community Ambassadors will assist with education on proper handwashing techniques and will provide information on how to construct self-made handwashing facilities. Further, our team will be looking at house-to-house education interventions, where required.’

‘We need everybody to play their part in the fight against COVID-19,’ said Alderman Twigg.

This awareness programme will run until 26 February 2021 and the City will continue to monitor these interventions in various communities.