Buffalo City Metro Developing Waterworld Fun Park

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Development Agency (BCMDA) hosted a sod turning ceremony on Thursday to unveil the R100-Million upgrade of the Waterworld Fun Park in Leaches Bay.

The project, which commenced in February, seeks to further develop the tourism and entertainment offering of the East London coastal stretch along Fullers/Leaches Bay.

Development associated with teh project include a new entrance building and crowd control access, a new amphitheater, earthworks, stormwater management, and water reticulation, among others.

Many opportunities for SMMEs will arise from the project, during the construction stage, and further opportunities after its completion.

Another BCMDA project which is in the pipeline is the Court Crescent Recreational Park Development. The East London Beachfront Precinct Plan  aims to integrate  space and improve  open spaces in the beachfront with the view of  promoting tourism and creating a conducive environment for crowding in  further investment into the space.

Both project Profiles can be downloaded below.

POPIA unpacked: What you Need to Know

by Peter GrealyNozipho MngomezuluKarl BlomWendy Tembedza

After years of start and stops – virtually all the operational provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA)  finally came into force on 1 July 2020. All businesses and public bodies will be affected.

This development impacts every public and private body in South Africa. The infographic below provides an overview of the instances in which POPIA will apply to processing activities and the obligations which come with POPIA. There is a 12-month grace period – until 30 June 2021 by which to comply with the comprehensive requirements set out in POPIA and non-compliance can result in significant penalties – up to 10  years’ imprisonment and/or ZAR10 million in administrative fines. 

POPI’s reach is wide – it regulates all organisations who process personal information, – information about employees, customers, suppliers and those who outsource key processing activities, share data offshore, or engage in direct marketing.

Notice: Reduction In The Isolation Period For Patients With Confirmed Covid-19 Infection

The recommended isolation period for patients with confirmed Covid-19 infection is reduced from 14 to 10 days.

This recommendation is based on evidence that most patients with mild Covid-19 infection continue to shed SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid from their upper airways for a median of approximately 7-12 days. Furthermore, the presence of detectable virus nucleic acid by RTPCR does not necessarily imply infectiousness. A better proxy for infectiousness is the ability to successfully culture the virus from a sample. In mild cases, cultures are generally only positive for 8-9 days after symptom onset.

The duration of infectiousness in patients with severe disease (i.e. requiring admission due to clinical instability) is less well established. In general, patients with severe disease may continue to shed virus at higher levels for longer periods than patients with mild disease. To provide a buffer, it is recommended that such patients be de-isolated 10 days after clinical stability has been achieved (e.g. after supplemental oxygen was discontinued), rather than 10 days after symptom onset.

Asymptomatic patients represent a conceptual challenge, since it is not possible to estimate where in the course of viral shedding they are at the time point at which they test positive. For simplicity, and to err on the side of caution, it is recommended that asymptomatic patients be isolated for 10 days following the date of their positive test.

Asymptomatic patient – De-isolate 10 days after testing

Mild disease – De-isolate 10 days after symptom onset

Severe disease – De-isolate 10 days after clinical stability achieved

The recommended isolation time is the period during which a patient is still considered infectious. This should be distinguished from the point at which a patient is medically well enough to return to work. Some patients, especially those who have had severe disease, may require to be booked off sick for longer than the above isolation periods.