Botswana: Inspection Reveals Inadequate Compliance

Mahalapye — Concern has been expressed at the unsatisfactory level of compliance in the Mahalapye Sub-district.

This followed an inspection conducted Tuesday by the sub-district's COVID-19 compliance committee.

The inspection covered public and private vehicles, schools, business premises, such as hotels, banks, industrial sites, shops, street vendors and hair salons.

Giving a summary of the level of compliance in the seven schools his team inspected, council environmental health superintendent, Mr Mopati Tapiso said there was laxity in wearing of face masks and keeping social distance, more especially during meal times and after school.

He said the recently installed hand basins were broken in some schools while others were not fully operational.

Mr Tapiso also said some toilets had plumbing defects.

"We've also noticed that sanitisers are finished in schools because the use of clean water and soap is not encouraged," he added.

The seven institutions inspected include; Xhosa Primary School, Tshikinyega Primary School, Leetile Primary School, Pekenene Junior Secondary School, Parwe Junior Secondary School, Mowana Junior Secondary School and Willow Green Private School.

Mr Tapiso however expressed gratitude that schools were doing their best to ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols such as keeping and maintaining registers, taking temperatures and sanitizing.

On shopping malls, Senior Superintendent Reuben Mphoeng said the level of compliance in the 38 business premises inspected was impressive, except for four shops.

He expressed concern that although everything was laid out clearly in terms of social distancing marks on floors, that was not the case outside the shops where customers queued.

"There is less monitoring and supervision of whether customers adhere to the social distance protocol while queuing outside the shop. Although there are social distancing marks on the shop floors, in some, the markings have already faded and there are no COVID-19 protocol posters, for awareness creation," Senior Supt Mphoeng said.

Some shops used sanitisers that were way below the set standard of 70 per cent and above alcohol content, he said.

District traffic officer, Superintendent Tuelo Komanyane said the 209 vehicles inspected were 133 taxis, 69 private and seven buses.

"About 103 were found to be non-compliant to the COVID-19 protocols, while all the seven buses were compliant. We have charged seven passengers and three drivers for failure to wear face masks and also three more drivers for failure to keep and maintain registers," he said.

Mahalapye deputy chief, Kgosi Tshipe Tshipe, commended the committee for having spared time to go around the village to assess compliance to COVID-19 protocols.

He said there was lack of proper supervision in some facilities to ensure registers were well kept and up-to-date.

Other compliance team members include the Mahalapye Sub-District deputy district commissioner, Mr Bakuedi Masole, assistant district commissioner, Mr Bakani Mathumo, environmental health and bye-law enforcement officers.

Source : BOPA

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