As of 1pm on 29 September, the Western Cape has 2232 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 109 834 confirmed cases and 103 428 recoveries.
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 109 834
Total recoveries 103 428
Total deaths 4174
Total active cases (currently infected patients) 2232
Tests conducted 529 605
Hospitalisations 511 with 100 in ICU or high care
Cape Metro Sub-districts:
Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Western 9607 9100
Southern 9878 9259
Northern 6802 6490
Tygerberg 13513 12805
Eastern 10362 9756
Klipfontein 9273 8626
Mitchells Plain 8708 8220
Khayelitsha 8390 7926
Total 76533 72182
District Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Garden Route Bitou 622 591
Garden Route Knysna 1533 1427
Garden Route George 3578 3357
Garden Route Hessequa 324 297
Garden Route Kannaland 114 109
Garden Route Mossel Bay 2360 2243
Garden Route Oudsthoorn 1439 1261
Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 2100 1973
Cape Winelands Drakenstein 4386 4157
Cape Winelands Breede Valley 3470 3291
Cape Winelands Langeberg 1154 1093
Cape Winelands Witzenberg 1618 1529
Overberg Overstrand 1621 1561
Overberg Cape Agulhas 286 271
Overberg Swellendam 347 320
Overberg Theewaterskloof 1191 1124
West Coast Bergrivier 439 406
West Coast Cederberg 168 161
West Coast Matzikama 505 422
West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 1378 1319
West Coast Swartland 1611 1508
Central Karoo Beaufort West 733 584
Central Karoo Laingsburg 140 129
Central Karoo Prince Albert 33 27
Unallocated: 2151 (2086 recovered)
Data note: It is not always possible to check and verify that the address data supplied for each new recorded case is correct, within the time frames required to provide regular and timely updates. This means that in some instances, cases could be allocated to the wrong sub-districts. We are working with the sub-districts to clean and verify the data and where errors are picked up locally, cases will be re-allocated to the correct areas.
The Western Cape has recorded an additional 6 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4174. We send our condolences to their families and friends at this time.
Jobs data shows significant impact on economy:
The Quarterly Labour Force Survey Data for the period April to June, released by Stats SA earlier today, confirmed that the hard lockdown had a significant impact on employment in the Western Cape, and indeed, across South Africa.
While the expanded unemployment rate in the province remains the lowest in the country, 321 000 jobs were lost in the province between the first and second quarters of 2020. Compared to this time last year, 318 000 jobs have been lost.
Among the hardest hit sectors for the province were manufacturing which reported a loss of 85 000 jobs, trade which showed a decline of 68 000 jobs, finance which was down 67 000 jobs, construction which recorded a decline of 66 000 jobs and private households where 45 000 jobs were lost (all year on year).
These figures are a sobering confirmation of the extreme impact that the lockdown has had on the livelihoods of South Africans, including residents of the Western Cape. It is for this reason that the Western Cape Government has continually lobbied for the safe reopening of our economy, to save jobs and to avoid a second pandemic of unemployment. We have also provided support and advice to business to help them open and operate safely and provided online training sessions in our weekly #GoDigital webinars.
Our focus and energy as a government is now firmly on how we move forward safely towards recovery, how we assist the private sector as our primary employment creator to move forward safely, and on finding ways to save jobs in some of our key employment industries.
In the short term, from a government perspective, we are currently exploring a number of ways to quickly increase employment. Among these, we are working with municipalities and departments to increase the number of EPWP projects in the province and we are focusing on reducing red tape to speed up investments and projects which will create jobs.
Last week, we also announced R27 million in relief funding for small businesses in both the formal and the informal sector, which have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Applications for this fund close on 12 October, and more information can be obtained here: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/western-cape-c-19-business-relief-fund(link is external)
The return of international tourism from 1 October will have a positive impact on job creation in the Western Cape. However, with just days to go until our borders are due to open, there is still no indication from the national government of which countries will be on the no-fly list. This list must be published with urgency, so that airlines and travelers alike are able to take informed decisions and so that businesses in the province can prepare to safely host visitors during the summer season. While international travel is welcomed, stakeholders across the board must put the safety of visitors and residents alike at the forefront of their planning and response strategies. Together, we can move forward safely.
Source: Government of South Africa