Friday, May 22, 2020

Coronavirus: SABC Cape Town office shuttered to undergo a deep-clean after staffer tests positive for Covid-19; personnel to self-isolate for 2-weeks as they work from home.

by Thinus Ferreira

Two weeks after eMedia Investments had to shutter its Cape Town building in the Zonnebloem district the South Africa public broadcaster has been forced to shut down its Cape Town building in Sea Point for a deep-clean after a SABC staffer tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus.

SABC staffers have been ordered home for quarantine to self-isolate and will work remotely from home says Mmoni Seapolelo, SABC spokesperson.

"Management has put in place business continuity measures and employees will continue to discharge their responsibilities remotely while in isolation."

Kenneth Makatees, SABC News Western Cape regional editor said that a staff member went for a test on Monday after displaying flu-like symptoms that got worse.

"The employee received her test result on Thursday. As a precautionary measure, SABC protocols have been implemented."

"The SABC office in Sea Point has been closed with immediate effect. All staff members who were still working from the office, will self isolate for 2 weeks and continue to work remotely from home. The SABC building in Sea Point has been closed for deep cleaning to ensure that it is safe when employees return to work," said Kenneth Makatees.

The SABC News bulletin writer Sarel Meintjes, radio news reporter Chris Mabuya and Kenneth Makatees, who took a picture, were the last to leave the SABC News Cape Town newsroom in Sea Point before it was closed for decontamination.