Major losses might be a reality for the Western Cape if residents don’t complete Census 2022.

Statistics South Africa extended the deadline for the Census in the Western Cape due to the slow uptake from residents.

Premier Alan Winde says R9.7 billion could be cut from the Western Cape budget if residents don’t come forward and complete the Census. He added that the province could lose funding equivalent to 1615 doctors or 5981 nurses, and 9300 teachers if only 70% of residents get counted.

Winde says: “In money terms, we stand to lose R9.7 billion, or over 16% of our provincial equitable share, if only 70% of residents get counted. This would shave R2.6 billion in funding off our health budget and R4.2 billion off our education budget, with smaller departments also suffering losses. In short, service delivery in the Western Cape will suffer a major blow across the board if residents do not make sure they are counted.”

The data from the census is used by the government and particularly National Treasury to allocate state resources to departments, municipalities and provincial governments.

Winde says: “While we have seen increases in the number of persons counted, the numbers remain too low. To put it simply, if we only manage to count 70% of the population, the available spending per person would be reduced by more than R1 300 per person per annum in the provincial equitable share.”

The Census in the Western Cape has been extended to 14 May 2022.

You can complete the Census questionnaire online: HERE.  For queries, you can contact the Census call centre at 0800 110 248 or email: census2022@statssa.gov.za.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde wants the province to be moved to Alert Level 1 of lockdown restrictions.

Winde has previously advocated that provinces be able to set their own lockdown restrictions – a move away from national restrictions to a more regional approach.

Currently, the 7-day moving average for new cases in the Western Cape is 620.

We know that we will have officially exited the third wave, in terms of the technical definition, once new infections are at 15% of the peak or 530 cases. We are quickly approaching this number. All our other indicators also continue to show a significant decline, including in hospitalisations, deaths, our test positivity rate and oxygen usage. Alan Winde.

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More than 2 million Western Cape adults registered for a Covid-19 vaccination

In stating his case for an easing of lockdown restrictions, Winde presented regional data to support his request:

  • Case numbers continue to decrease, with around 620 new diagnoses daily. This is compared to 3543 at its highest point on 17 August 2021.
  • The proportion of positive COVID-19 tests has also decreased to 10%. This is compared to 42% at its highest point on 26 July 2021.
  • Admissions and deaths continue to decrease, with an average of 120 new admissions and around 35 deaths each day. This is down from 362 new admissions and around 122 deaths at its highest point on 1 August and 30 July 2021 respectively.
  • There has been a consistent decline in excess deaths both in the Cape Metro and across the province.
  • The Western Cape’s total oxygen consumption is approximately 57 tonnes a day. This is compared to 78.7 tonnes or 104.9% at its highest point on 19 August 2021.
  • COVID-19 and Persons Under Investigation (PUI) patients currently make up only 13% of total admissions at our public sector hospitals.

The Western Cape economy is reliant on domestic and international tourism and wants to have the economy opened before the start of the summer season.

Premier Alan Winde says the province is engaging with different stakeholders to put in place additional strategies to help re-open the province’s tourism sector to attract overseas visitors and to get the tourism economy up & running again.

Winde says boosting herd immunity in small Western Cape towns would help attract overseas visitors – who are cautious about contracting the visitors while on holiday here – to again visit the province.

He says a stakeholder meeting, is taking place today.

Watch the full digicon here.

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Western Cape law-enforcement officers have been deployed to hot-spot areas, while roadblocks have also been set up, to search taxis for illegal firearms and other weapons.

This, according to the Western Cape Police-commissioner, major general Thembisile Patekile who says that no further shootings or violence have been reported since Monday morning, when a Golden Arrow bus-services driver was shot.

Patekile says a multi-disciplinary approach has now been implemented.

He says 12 taxi-operators have been arrested, this past week, for being in possession of unlicensed firearms.

Patekile says discussions are on-going and that, in the meantime, law-enforcement agencies are on high-alert to react, should any further violence or shootings be reported.

Access the full briefing here.

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More than 110-thousand Western Cape residents – aged over 60 – have already been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Premier Alan Winde says there has been a marked increase in the number of people, in this age group, who have registered and reported for their vaccination.

He says more than 20-thousand pensioners and employees in old-age homes and care-centres have also been vaccinated.

Get the latest Western Cape Covid-19 updates here.

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