- We are at war and we are fighting a life and death war said President Cyril Ramaphosa during a Western Cape visit
- Ramaphosa spent the day in the Western Cape where he assessed the province's Covid-19 response
- The president thanked Premier Alan Winde for his cooperation during the pandemic
President Cyril Ramaphosa assessed the Western Cape's response and preparedness for the projected surge of Covid-19 cases in the province.
Ramaphosa said the Western Cape is the epicentre of the virus in the country and this concerns the government. He explained that this was why he and the other ministers were in the province.
"We are at war. We are fighting a life and death war. We must identify all staff members and head hunt those we need to bring in. The worst is yet to come. We must over provide. We must never be found wanting".
Ramaphosa also announced the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) field hospital will now be known as the Hospital of Hope, a temporary Covid-19 facility with over 850 beds to accommodate Covid-19 patients.
As it stands, the Western Cape has 27 006 Covid-19 infections, with 651 deaths. The province accounts for 66.2% of all the cases in South Africa.
Ramaphosa reiterated that South Africa is a unitary state and all the government's action include all nine provinces. The Western Cape government has often been accused of wanting to exercise its own power, outside of the restrictions of national government.
"The Western Cape cannot be seen as charting its own path and as we face Covid-19 it is very important that cooperation is at a deep level, with ministry of health and as well of all other departments in our government."
Ramaphosa thanked Western Cape Premier Alan Winde for ensuring that this cooperation between the different spheres of government is effective.
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