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​​Pikitup is disinfecting its Norwood depot as a precautionary measure after two employees displayed symptoms related to the Covid-19 pandemic, forcing operations to grind to a half.

​Mpho Moerane, the MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services says a regular Covid-19 screening procedure at the depot revealed that the two officials had symptoms related to the virus.

“As a consequence, the management of Pikitup and I have resolved to close the depot as a precautionary measure for 14 days. Depot employees have also been placed in self-quarantine for the same period,” Moerane explains.

The test results for both employees, stationed at Pikitup’s Norwood depot are pending but they’ve been placed in self-isolation as part of ongoing risk management efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It has also emerged that two family members of one of the affected employees have tested positive for Covid-19,” he says.

In the interim, Moerane says augmented services have been deployed to ensure waste collection in areas serviced by the depot continues unabated. 

Pikitup’s Health and Wellness department continues to assess all employees during the isolation period and where Covid-19 symptoms are observed, such employees will be subjected to testing.

“I value the health and safety of employees and call on all Pikitup staff to diligently follow the Covid-19 guidelines by regularly washing their hands with soap and water or sanitising their hands, constantly wearing the provided face masks and practising social distancing at all times,” the MMC emphasises. 

Moerane has called for calm and understanding amid uncertainty around test results.

“Pikitup is an essential service provider, therefore work must continue. I am grateful and appreciate the hard work that employees have been doing since the start of the lockdown.