Monday, 06 April 2020

Reitz: “We all have a responsibility to observe the COVID-19, twenty one (21) days lockdown regulations as set out by the Central Command Team, ably led by President Cyril Ramaphosa. No one, is exempted from these regulations,”

”Therefore, it’s of paramount importance to make sure that what our people consume is subjected to the very stringent health standards.” said Premier Ntombela speaking at Grain Field Chicken, in Reitz.

The Premier was speaking during an Executive Council compliance assessment visit to Grain Field Chicken in Reitz. She was accompanied by MEC for DESTEA, Mr. Makalo Mohale, MEC for DARD, Mr. William Bulwane and the Mayor of Dihlabeng Municipality, Cllr. Lindiwe Makhalema.

The company employs 1 200 people and they work in different shifts. The board of the company provided an additional payment of R500 to its employees for the month of April 2020. This is to enable its employees to cover essentials during lockdown period.

Premier Ntombela indicated that by this morning, Free State province had 86 positive cases confirmed and it is the responsibilities of both the employer and employee to adhere to regulations at work.

MEC Bulwane emphasised that it is very critical that sections of Agriculture that are operational, should adhere and observe lockdown regulations.

The Grain Field Chickens management is satisfied with the Provincial Government’s visit and emphasized that working together, both government and private sector can flatten COVID 19 infections curve.