*City has never reached Red Zone status
The Mayor of Francistown, Godisang Radisigo has revealed there is still a gap his city has to close before it can be declared safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The second city’s first citizen was speaking during the second and final scheduled Full Council session of the year on Monday.
Radisigo told Council that in terms of compliance level since May, Ghetto stood at 83.4 percent.
“This indicates that there is a gap that we need to close as a community since this is not negotiable and should be applied to the fullest,” he stressed.
To achieve 100 percent compliance, the concerned leader urged Francistowners to: keep proper registers, functional thermometers, quality sanitizers, maintain social distancing and always wear a facemask when out in public.
“The Covid-19 disease and its resultant negative impacts remain a serious threat amongst us. In our commitment to live with the disease we have to remain vigilant and observe the health protocols,” declared Radisigo, who was voted into office last December.
The Mayor further warned people should never be fatigued by the many protocols in place as they are meant to preserve lives.
“Cities are by nature prone to a spike in numbers so I take this opportunity to appreciate your effort so far as the City has never reached a Red Zone status,” he added, warning that the disease strives where there is a lapse in concentration.
The Francistown Mayor further revealed that in the just ended schools’ final examinations, which started on 2nd October, they recorded three Covid-19 positive candidates at Junior Certificate level and one at BGCSE level.
“Only six candidates had to be quarantined during the course of the exam because they were Covid-19 suspects. We had two at PSLE, three at JC, and one at BGCSE. However, measures were put in place to ensure that positive and suspected candidates wrote and finished their exams smoothly,” he said.
Meanwhile, Radisigo said despite the negative growth in the global economy due the Covid-19 pandemic, Francistown is poised for recovery after the Ministry of Local Government reinstated their 2020/21 recurrent budget.
He said government has put in place a robust Economic Recovery and Transformational Plan to be implemented from 2020/21 to 2022/23.