By Thys Khiba
Pretoria – The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has suspended all contact sport at South African schools with immediate effect.
This follows a virtual meeting which was held this morning by the Council of Education Ministers.
“Non-contact sport training in schools can continue provided that all social distancing, hygiene and safety measures are observed and that there is no physical contact between participants during training,” said Education Spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga.
According to the DBE, it is evident that despite following the protocols as guided by the Directions on extramural activities and Standard Operating Procedure on the prevention, containment and management of the pandemic in schools, contact sports events still contribute to the spread of Covid-19.
“Following the school sports activities related Covid-19 outbreaks in Gauteng and general rise of cases in communities across the country, the Outbreak Response Team (ORT) said that the risk was high when engaged in close-contact sports, especially with people who did not live together,” said Mhlanga.
The DBE has confirmed that they’ll continue to monitor the situation.