Over the weekend, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, together with MEC’S Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi and Jacob Mamabolo opened the Maponya Mall pop-up drive-through vaccination site.
According to Premier Makhura, the provincial government used the pop-up drive-through vaccination site to particularly targeted the elderly who are yet to receive the vaccine or those due for their second doses.
”As the caring provincial government, we understand that our people, more especially elderly citizens have too many works and home commitments and therefore they might not have time to go for vaccination during weekdays. That is is why we have decided to launch this pop-up drive-through vaccination site.
Everything that will be done by professionally trained people in this pop-up drive-through vaccination site will be as good as any other vaccination. So, everyone, I mean everyone, regardless of gender, race and nationality is welcome here.” said Makhura
Dozens of delighted people who got their jabs at the pop-up drive-through vaccination site told JHR that their vaccination went.
Zimbabwean national Joyce Ndoro (34) with expired asylum commended pop-up drive-through vaccination site personnel for their professional none discriminatory treatment.
”I am really happy that unlike other provinces like Mpumalanga, the Gauteng government has put this pop-up drive-through vaccination site facility. Despite not having the necessary documents, I was assisted with ease. I hope other foreign nationals will also be told about this pop-up drive-through vaccination site.” said Ndoro
Wendy Mntaung (58) said the pop-up drive-through vaccination site right in the middle of Soweto will be very accessible for the unemployed youth and elders who want to be vaccinated but can’t afford to take taxis to far
”I have got my second jab at this pop-up drive-through vaccination site and I am extremely happy with how I was treated by the health professionals inside there. This facility is indeed is geographically well-positioned for most of us as Soweto residents. Finally, elders like myself and unemployed youth don’t have any excuse not to vaccinate.” said Mntaung
According to the Premier, the Maponya Mall pop-up drive-through vaccination site employees promised not to force, manipulate anyone to vaccinate, nor will they take bribes in order for some people to jump the line.
”Our officials in this pop-up drive-through vaccination site are beyond reproach. Therefore in conducting their duties, they will respect everyone’s human right to dignity. As the provincial government, we plead with you to please also give them the same respect as you work together. ”Premier Makhura said
Honouring Covid 19 The R350 Grant Promise
In partnership with the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), the Gauteng government officials also used the occasion to assist the applicants of the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD R350 Grant) to change their method of payment for their money to be paid into a bank account.
The grant is set to benefit unemployed citizens, most of whom lost their jobs when COVID-19 struck in 2020. Caregivers who are not receiving any grant on their own behalf were also assisted to apply for the grant.
Prioritizing Human rights During Vaccination
The Gauteng provincial vaccination drive took yet bold move on the 1st of September when the Deputy President Mabuza and Gauteng Premier David Makhura lead members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee assessed the Kagiso, Mogale City’s vaccines rollout program. The committee’s mission was to ensure that citizens human rights aren’t violated during the rollout of Covid-19 vaccination process.