Thursday, 28 May 2020

Bloemfontein: The Free State Provincial Government (FSPG) has learnt with sadness about the death of a Bloem Water employee; an entity of government, who succumbed to complications related to COVID-19, on Sunday, 24 May 2020.

The 57 year-old Civil Foreman from Bethulie; at Bloem Water’s Orange River Region, died as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

The Employee, described by his colleagues as humble and dedicated to his work, had been with Bloem Water for an unprecedented twenty-two (22) years.

Bloem Water had earlier this month reported the confirmed case of COVID-19 at its regional office in Bethulie, and immediately notified the Department of Health.

The employee regrettably died in a Bloemfontein hospital on Sunday. Regrettably, a day later, on 25 May 2020, the province recorded another death of a 76 year old woman in Bloemfontein, which has brought the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the province to eight (8).

The Premier of the Free State, Sisi Ntombela said that the latest deaths in the province, that of the FSPG entity employee and that of the elderly woman who resided in Bloemfontein, were a painful reminder of the devastating nature of the virus which continues to manifest itself in our communities.

“These deaths are a reminder to us all that we have to be on guard against an invisible enemy which has caused untold misery to many people, not only in our country, but across the world,”

“My deepest condolences to the colleagues, friends and family of our Bloem Water employee and the elderly woman. All lives are important, and as such, let me equally take this opportunity to pass my deepest condolences to the families of all bereaved families due to COVID-19.” said Premier Ntombela.

The employee of Bloem Water will be buried tomorrow, Friday 29 May 2020 in Bethulie, Free State.

The FSPG urges all citizens of the province, to continue to adhere to regulations set out by government to assist in curbing the spread of the COVID-19.

Community members are urged to seek immediate medical assistance if unwell, especially with flu-like symptoms, particularly now as the country prepares to enter the winter season.

People with COVID-19 specific enquiries, are urged to contact the Provincial COVID-19 Hotline, which is operational 24 hours a day on: 0800 535 554.