PMB shuts down some schools as Covid-19 cases increase
On Monday, Pietermaritzburg shut down approximately 28 schools due to staff members and learners testing positive for Coronavirus.
UMgungundlovu district was the first to report positive cases in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education. The municipality has 93 confirmed positive cases and continues to report more.
Due to the increasing numbers of cases, since the re-opening of schools, parents and school transport businesses are feeling anxious about the news.
Parents concerns also involve worrying about the well-being of their children, especially those who use school transport. During a remote meeting between parents and school transport drivers, parents said they are uncomfortable using school transport but its better compared to public transport.
Meanwhile school transport drivers are also in panic, with the number of school kids they are transporting testing positive. Others voiced out their concerns of losing business and their source of income, because of the schools closing down.
A member of the taxi association of Imbali school transports, Syabonga Mthalane said although they are scared for their lives, they still have to maintain their families.
Mthalane said out of great concern, “My colleagues and I have come to a decision of taking turns in transporting children so we can be able to share. We can’t deny that the business is suffering but compromises have to be made”.