Dis nie net uitspattige uitgawe nie, maar indien miljoene siek word, gaan verwag word dat almal so hanteer word, ook die wat kwarantyn verlang. En asof dit nie genoeg is nie, word daar waarskuwings aan die publiek gestuur om nie in te meng met die plek van kwarantyn nie, die weermag is teenwoordig. Hoekom kry Corona virus pasiente nie almal dieselfde behandeling, plekke van afsondering en militere sekuriteitswagte om hulle op te pas nie. Dit terwyl die regering se ministers die 122 reeds as gesond beskou. Wat van ons lansgrense wat oop is en ook vliegtuie, toe die vliegtuig uit Italie geland het, was daar nie sulke maatreels in plek gestel nie. Hoekom word die 122 so uitgesonder en deur weermag opgepas, maar nie die ander burgers van die land nie. Wie betaal vir al die roekelose invloei van immigrante wat instroom met weinig grensbeheer? En die militere teenwoordigheid, skree ten hemele – iets is baie verdags hieromtrent… wie gaan werklik hier tuisgaan?
Gaan almal nou wat nie siek is nie, ook so ‘n 4 (vier) ster vakansie kry as hul onder kwarantyn geplaas word. Dis net regverdig as elkeen dieselfde behandeling kry.
Wie betaal die rekening aan die einde van die dag? verseker nie die 122 studente of wie hulle ookal is nie en ook nie die regering nie. En is daar ooit soveel as 122 persone? wat volgens die regering nie positief getoets of siek is nie. Dis ‘n luukse 4ster vakansieplek wat as ‘n kwarantyn gebruik gaan word vir die wat uit Wuhan terugkeer.
The South African National Defence Force has taken control of The Ranch Resort to ensure that the place in under tight security at all times. Government has sent a strong warning to members of the public not to try to access the coronavirus quarantine centre at the Ranch Hotel and Resort outside Polokwane in Limpopo. The Ranch Resort has been identified as the quarantine zone for a group of 122 South Africans who will be repatriated from the Chinese town Wuhan on Friday. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has also told the media on Thursday that the area will be under the military and police guard for the duration of the quarantine period.
“A decision has now been made that this site is the one that is being used, there is an agreement signed with the owners of this particular place. There is also been work that has been done with the staff, and all that has been properly done, negotiated and put behind us.”
Mkhize tells the media that the repatriation was the project of the military under Cyril Ramaphosa in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the country’s armed forces. He says everybody else including the ministers and the Limpopo leadership did not know about the identified area until at the last minute. He says the aircraft will land at the Ranch from China as there is an airstrip that is big enough to accommodate the military plane.
“So the generals were given the specification, amongst which, was number on the people that need to come back to South Africa … they need to come back to a site which is away from human habitation. There must not be communities nearby so there are no mistakes of people wandering into a quarantine area. Thirdly it must be an area which is so isolated if it is possible to create two lines of a parameter security patrol, there will be patrols by the army, there will be patrols by the police.”
Workers at the Ranch
Workers at the Ranch will be getting a risk allowance. That is according to a member of the inter-ministerial team Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. She has assured the public that the workers will also be provided with the necessary protective wear during the three-week quarantine.
“But generally it wasn’t like they were unhappy, they just wanted clarification on a few issues. They were promised that they would be examined by a doctor to make sure that they are well. But yes tomorrow (Friday) that will be done. Of course, they were also happy that there was some extra money they were going to get over and above their salary for this month.”
Mkhize also announced that the 14 Limpopo students who returned from China recently had all tested negative for the virus.
“We knew that they were not at risk, however with mounting speculation, we felt that it was important for us just to take a necessary precaution, just to make sure that this matter is put to rest once and for all. Between our department and the provincial government of Limpopo, we discussed the matter and all agreed that these students must actually be called so that we do the test and allay the fears of the public on this matter.”
So lyk die plek
Limpopo residents, along with the ANC Youth League in that province are hopping mad that 122 South Africans being repatriated from Wuhan, China, will be housed in the province for at least two weeks from Friday. The 122 repatriated citizens will be kept in quarantine at the Ranch Resort in Limpopo for at least 14 days as a precaution. The resort is just 25 kilometres south of Polokwane, the provincial capital.
A SANDF-chartered flight is expected to land in the country in the early hours of Saturday morning. The resort will be closed to the public and will be guarded strictly by the military and the police. Security forces have warned members of the public to stay away from the area after the ANC Youth League in Limpopo threatened to protest against the move. Government has consistently stressed that none of the repatriates have tested positive for the coronavirus and it was keeping them isolated before allowing them to reintegrate into society as a precaution.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the government had signed an agreement with the owners of the Ranch Resort, and the facility would be closed to the public.
“We looked at 84 other possible sites but there were factors that were not suitable. It was narrowed down to three sites that would be most comfortable for those returning. The sites needed to also be close to landing spaces. The venue in Limpopo was ideal. It satisfied all the requirements. We signed an agreement with the owners and the staff of the venue,” said Mkhize at a media briefing on Thursday.
The Ranch is a 150 bedroom 4-star hotel just 25 kilometres south of Polokwane, Limpopo. On their website, the Protea Hotel-owned resort said it was situated on a 1000ha nature conservancy.
It is just under three hours away from South Africa’s economic capital, Johannesburg.
The venue has 13 conference and banqueting venues, three restaurants, a bar lounge, kids playground and four swimming pools – with two of them heated, a gym, 12-hole par 3 golf course, two multipurpose sports fields, air-strip and helipad, on-site spa offering treatments and Kolobe tented camp.
The resort also has a hive of activities including game drives, golf, horseback safari’s, walking and cycling trails, spectacular game viewing and birding. The rooms on offer at the resort differ, from standard guest rooms, family rooms, golf unit rooms, executive suites and the presidential suites. A majority – if not all of the features, will not be available for use for the repatriates.