Hermanus Traffic closes again due to coronavirus

Yet another municipal official at Hermanus Traffic Department has tested positive for COVID-19 today 23 June 2020.The Traffic Department in Hermanus will therefore be closed with immediate effect until Monday, 29 June 2020, for deep cleaning and decontamination.

All the necessary health protocols are being followed – work spaces, vehicles, restrooms and offices are sanitised and cleaned on a daily basis.

All officials who were in contact with the individual will be screened and questioned by health workers from the Department of Health who are in charge of tracking and tracing protocols. Staff members may then be sent for further testing or be required to self-isolate for two weeks.

This will lead to further delays in our traffic services and we apologise for the impact it will have on traffic services in the following days.

Members of the public can contact 028 313 8031 to leave a message – the relevant official will then call back on Monday with answers.

The person who answers the calls will unfortunately not have access to the e-NATIS system to look up outstanding amounts for renewal of registration/licensing of motor vehicles. It is recommended that those who have access to email, rather email enquiries to enquiries@overstrand.gov.za – this will ensure that the contact details for a return call are accurate.

However, the traffic offices in Kleinmond and Gansbaai will be able to assist with registration and licensing of a motor vehicle, as well as annual renewals.

REMINDER: Residents still have a 90 day grace period from 1 June 2020 for documents that expired during the lockdown period 26 March 2020 – 31 May 2020.

The grace period will be useful in avoiding a rush when traffic services re-open, as residents now have more time to renew their documents.

These include driving licences, learners’ licences, temporary permits, professional driving permits (PDPs), roadworthy certificates, registering and licensing of a motor vehicle and annual renewals.

We trust that the public will understand that this situation is beyond our control.

The Hermanus Traffic Department on the corner of Short and Mussel Street, which was temporarily closed on Friday and Saturday for deep cleaning of the facility after a municipal staff member tested positive for Covid-19, reopened on Monday for all traffic-related transactions in Hermanus.

The Overstrand Municipality sent out a statement on Friday to reassure the members of the public who visited the offices of the traffic department earlier last week that they would not have come in contact with the staff member who had tested positive for COVID-19.

The affected staff member was not part of the team who handles driver licence renewals or registration/licensing of motor vehicles. The relevant official was working at the Roadworthy Testing Centre at the back of the facility, and is currently self-isolating.

The statement further assures the public that appropriate safety protocols and workplace safety procedures are observed at all times while testing vehicles for roadworthiness.

In addition, all municipal buildings, workshops and offices are disinfected by the Disaster Management team on a weekly basis. Routine cleaning and sanitising of all offices and open spaces such as toilets and kitchens are done twice a day.

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