The National Council of and for Persons
with Disabilities

NCPD Covid-19 Update

On Monday the 23rd of March 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown starting at 23h59 on Thursday the 26th of March 2020 until 23h59 on the 16th of April 2020.

This is in an attempt to slow down and flatten the curve of the spreading of the COVID-19 virus. South Africans have been ordered to stay at home and adhere to rules and regulations imposed by government. This will affect every South African and have an impact on their day to day activities but having said that, the most vulnerable of society are Persons with Disabilities.

Therefore, the NCPD has not closed its doors. All staff members of the NCPD will be working from home. Thus, we will be available to try and assist Persons with Disabilities in any way that we possibly can during this trying period that our nation and the world is going through.

Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us on info@ncpd.org.za or alternatively go to our Facebook platforms for possible assistance:

• NCPD page: https://www.facebook.com/disabilities.sa/

• Children with disabilities group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/childrenwithdisabilities.sa/?ref=pages_profile_groups_tab&source_id=134896956568441

• Disability Rights group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/disability.rights/?ref=pages_profile_groups_tab&source_id=134896956568441

• Linking Persons with Disabilities with Employment Opportunities:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/disabilities.employment/?ref=pages_profile_groups_tab&source_id=134896956568441

It is still early days in the lockdown and none of us are really sure how the whole situation will unfold practically. Therefore, below please find the emergency numbers that the Independent Police Directorate (IPID) has issued should the public encounter any difficulty with the Police during the lockdown period:

Independent Police Directorate (IPID) Emergency Numbers

Eastern Cape: 082 592 9888
Free State: 063 225 6081
Gauteng: 076 455 5718
Limpopo: 078 871 4811
KwaZulu-Natal: 079 895 2741
Mpumalanga: 072 881 4196
Northern Cape: 064 624 8203
North West: 078 163 6874
Western Cape: 073 890 1269

You can also stay updated as to the current situation around the COVID-19 situation on the following links:

https://specialprojects.news24.com/coronavirus/index.html
https://www.health24.com/Medical/Infectious-diseases/Coronavirus/coronavirus-in-sa-all-the-confirmed-cases-20200312

We sincerely hope that you will not need to use the above numbers and that we will all get to the other side of this lockdown without any adversity – healthy and safe. Keep safe, wash your hands and be vigilant through this time that we all must endure for the greater good of our country and its citizens.

Warm regards,

Therina Wentzel-du Toit
National Director (NCPD)