DATE POSTED | 20 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Update Class Suspensions

UPDATE 23 March 2020

 

Dearest Learners,

Further to the recent Communiqué posted on the 20th March regarding Covid -19 outbreak which was declared a Global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on the 11 March 2020. The current statistics confirm 274 cases are now reported within South Africa as at 22nd March, with persons infected through international travel and a much smaller percentage through local contamination. Most cases fall within Gauteng (132). Northern Cape and North West are the only two provinces with zero confirmed cases. Most cases within South Africa fall within the 31-40 years age group as reported on News24.These numbers are expected to continue rising rapidly.

Given the pace and speed of this pandemic and further to President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a National State of Disaster in South Africa on Sunday 15th March, we await an updated address today from the President on the next measures to be taken.

Again, this will continue to impact on the citizens of the country, businesses and the overall economy. We must remain vigilant in our approach to making swift and informed decisions by collaborating with our management team, respected clients, business partners, facilitators and suppliers.

As a responsible business and DHET registered Private College we heeded to the call of our President and have suspend all classes based at our facilities from the 18th March 2020 until the end of April 2020. KLM Empowered has a responsibility to carry out correct protocols, and ensure the safety of all our employees, clients, facilitators, suppliers and learners.

Suspension of Classes
On engagement with each of our clients, collective decisions have been be taken on the smaller groups based at company and host sites.  Should protocols further change, we will realign in collaboration with our clients and notify all facilitators and learners of KLM Empowered on any updated information accordingly. Despite suspension of classes, we continue to take every reasonable and stringent measure to ensure work is still being carried out timeously, and our production rapidly accelerated to ensure no hinderance to the process or to our national projects as best possible.

Important Notification 

All learner classes on various sites including KLM Empowered’s Centre of Business Excellence had been notified to suspend all classes with immediate effect on Monday 16th and again on the 17th, and other classes off-site from the 18th March; 

Smaller groups off-site and at alternative venues have subsequently been suspended and majority of company sites which continued their classes until Friday 20th March. 

This is by no means a suspension of self-study and essential continuance by learners during the period of suspension. All self-study, assignments and formative assessments are to be completed on return to class and presentations prepared for the Move for Good for those newer groups. 

Facilitators will be on-call to assist on any queries you may require assistance with. KLM Empowered will be in contact with you throughout to ensure all deliverables are being met.

Attending workplaces is NOT suspended and will continue as normal with all reasonable precautionary measures put in place until further notice. 

All learners and facilitators will be kept informed via email, SMS and via personal telephonic contact and are to visit www.klmempowered.com. Please ensure to keep abreast with all the communication via the various mediums. 

KLM Empowered will be communicating personal log in detail to our Knowledge X-Change LMS whereby you can keep updated on class information and have access to your Learning Programmes and Facilitators. This will be communicated this week. 

In the interim, all facilitators have provided sufficient work to be covered and completed during this suspension phase to ensure that this unfortunate situation does not impact on the progress of your Learnership. Please ensure to complete all assignments and modules as instructed in preparation for your return to class. 

Please Note;
All Graduations will be postponed until May depending on the call from the President.

 

KLM Empowered will continue to closely monitor the situation within our borders and all commentary from the World Health Organisation, the United Nations and Heads of State updates and addresses. The wellbeing of our employees, clients, facilitators, suppliers and learners is of paramount importance. KLM Empowered is committed to implementing and managing all reasonable precautionary measures to ensure effective communications, reliable information and constant updates with preventive protection remaining a top priority.

As Covid-19 continues to pose a serious threat and risk to everyone’s health, to the global economy and local business, we urge a conscious mindfulness and awareness towards intensified legitimate education, prevention and protective measures by all parties both within the workplace, host sites, social circles, communities and on one’s self and families.

With our broader audience of learners and employees being majority vulnerable youth with disability, KLM Empowered has prioritised informed awareness and education on the virus and the protective measures that are to be adhered to.

We urge all learners, facilitators, assessors, moderators and visitors to KLM Empowered, to our offices, classes, host sites and sites of our clients to please exercise all precaution necessary by following the protocols below:

1. Ensure to BE:

SAFE – safe from the Coronavirus

SMART – well informed

KIND – and support one another

ALERT – of being amongst large crowds

MINDFULL – be conscious of others and symptoms:


2.
Symptoms

Should you experience any symptoms as noted on the WHO website i.e.;

–    Sore Throat

–    Fever

–    Dry Cough

–    Shortness of Breath

Please do not report to work, to class, or to our offices.

Immediately self-quarantine after being assessed by your Medical Practitioner for a period of 14 days.

Provide a medical certificate before returning to work or to class.

Should you be experiencing any shortness of breath, report to your nearest hospital Emergency Centre immediately.

For more information save the following number to your WhatsApp for local advice and updates on Covid -19:  060 0123456. Alternatively visit:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

 

Government has set up access to a data and airtime free website for all updated information: coronavirus.datafree.co

 

2.1. Places to Get Tested in SA

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/coronavirus-places-to-get-tested-in-sa-45030817

Here is a list of the places across the country from the IOL website you can visit to get tested if you suspect you have been infected with the virus: 

Gauteng

Alberton IPS, 68 Voortrekker, Rd, New Redruth, Alberton, 1449

Netcare, Room 206 Mulbarton Medical Centre, 27 True N Rd, (Hospital), JHB, 2190

46 Rhodes Ave, Vereeniging, 1939

Lenmed in hospital, Lenasia South

Daxina Medical Centre

Krugersdorp Lab, Outpatient Depot, 1 Boshoff Street, Krugersdorp, 1739

Soweto Healthcare Hub

Birchleigh depot, 7 Leo Street

Kempton square shopping Centre, shop 61

Leicester depot, suite no 8 Leicester Medical Mews, 7 Leicester Road, Bedfordview Germiston

Houghton Hotel Depot, 53 2nd Ave, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, 2198, South Africa

62 Orchard Rd, Cheltondale, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa

Lancet Corner, Corner Stanley and Menton Rd, Richmond Auckland Park

Rosebank Lab, 3rd Floor, 8 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank

173 Rivonia Road, Morningside, Sandton, South Africa Rochester Place Office Block A

8 Parks Street, Bedfordview, Germiston

 

Free State and Northern Cape

Room G07, Mediclinic Bloemfontein, Kellner St, Westdene, Bloemfontein, 9301

112 Mac Dougall St, El Toro Park, Kimberley, 8301

RH Matjhabeng, Power Road, Reitzpark, Welkom

 

Western Cape

2 Heide Street, Bloemhof, Cape Town, South Africa

Brackenfell Medical Centre, Cnr Brackenfell & Old Paarl Road, Cape Town, South Africa

Cnr Longmarket & Parliament Street, Cape Town, South Africa

Smartsurv House, Century City, Cape Town, 7441

15 Paul Kruger Street, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa

Shop 9 De Kuilen Shopping Centre Carinus Street

7c Solway Street, Bellville West A, Cape Town, South Africa

91 Jan Smuts Dr, Pinelands, Cape Town, 7405, South Africa

Rondebosch Medical Center, 95 Klipfontein Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa

1st Floor, Room 4 Harbour Bay Medical Centre Trumali House, Trumali Street, Harringtons Place, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Arun Place Block 6 Unit F, Cherrywood Gardens, Sir Lowry’s Pass, South Africa

Stellenbosch Oewerpark Suite 12A Rokewood Road, Die Boord, Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Lenmed La Verna Private Hospital 1 Convent Rd, Ladysmith, 3370

Mediclinic Newcastle Private Hospital 78 Bird St, Newcastle Central, Newcastle, 2940

Life Empangeni Garden Clinic 50 Biyela St, Empangeni Central, Empangeni, 3880

Busamed Gateway private Hospital, 36-38 Aurora Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga, 4319

Berea 1st Floor, Mayet Medical Centre, 482 Randles Rd, Sydenham, Berea, 4091

Ahmed Al-Khadi Private Hospital 490 Jan Smuts Hwy, Mayville, Durban, 4058

Life Chatsmed Private Hospital Suite 121- 201 West Wing Chatsmed Garden Hospital, 80 Woodhurst Dr, Chatsworth, 4092

JMH Isipingo private hospital Suite 2 Grnd flr Medical Towers Isipingo Hospital, 162 Phila Ndwandwe Rd, Isipingo Rail, Isipingo, 4133

28 Bazley St, Port Shepstone, 4240

Suite 205 Midlands Medical Centre, 162-166 Masukwana St, Pietermaritzburg, 3201

Hilton Gardens, Hilton, 3245

Life Mt Edgecombe Private Hospital Ste 1 Phoenix Medical Ctr, Redberry Rd, Rockford, Phoenix, 4068

Life Entabeni Private Hospital Suite 8 Level 3 West Wing Entabeni Hospital, 148 Mazisi Kunene Rd, Berea, 4001

 

Limpopo

44A Grobler street, Polokwane Central

71 Wolksberg Road, Ivory Tusk Lodge, Tzaneen

Corner Mpehephu & Mvusuludzo near Cash build, Thouyandou

Clinix Private Hospital, No 86 Grosvenor Street, Phalaborwa

 

Rustenburg

1 Kok Street, Rustenburg

 

North West

Cachet Park Depot, Shop 24 Cnr Steve Biko & Meyer Street, Potchefstroom, 2531

 

3. Precautionary Measures

3.1.        Practice good hygiene;

3.2.        Frequently wash hands with soap and hot water;

3.3.        Always disinfect hands with sanitizer when touching common areas or within your workplace, workstation, or on receipt of any third-party goods or engagement with another party;

3.4.        Avoid touching your face, and personal contact with another person i.e. shaking hands, hugging;

3.5.        Do not share utensils, glasses, food or any personal items;

3.6.        Practice social distancing;

3.7.        Keep an approximately 1 to 2 -meter distance between people;

3.8.        Be mindful when coughing or sneezing, please carry and use tissues that must be disposed of immediately and cough or sneeze into the flex of your arm;

3.9.        Disinfect, desks, chairs, telephones, mobile phones, computers screens and keyboards, access controls, doors and door handles;

3.10. Disinfect and sanitize workplaces and homes throughout the day;

 

4. Our Commitment

4.1. To educate, to communicate, to keep informed on updates on Covid – 19 to all

employees, clients, consultants, suppliers and learners;

4.2. To collaborate and partner with our clients and suppliers to ensure all reasonable protective measures are aligned and adhered to in support of each other;

4.3.        Disinfectant and sanitizers will be implemented at all access points and common areas;

4.4. All workstations and classrooms will be sanitised multiple times during the day;

4.5. All attendance and wellbeing will be monitored closely and reported;

4.6. Air Travel is suspended unless it is an absolutely necessity;

4.7. Meetings will be continuing via virtual online sessions;

4.8. All persons visiting the KLM Empowered sites will be required to sign a declaration of their recent travels, gatherings and contact with international visitors

 

GM: Project Operations, Bernice Ebersey and the KLM Empowered team will be in contact with you as updates are received and advise on all requirements going forward.

 Your valued assistance and cooperation in mitigating all risk and managing this pandemic as responsible citizens is requested and a necessity.

As the world continues to work relentlessly to finding a vaccine for Covid-19 and the threat remains very real to every human, I encourage you to remain calm, do not panic, remain healthy, remain informed and remain positive that the world will overcome.

Find smarter ways of living life through innovation, exercise and by enjoying the sunshine.

 

Please follow KLM Empowered on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and on our website www.klmempowered.com  for information updates. 

This Communique will be published on the KLM Empowered website under the NEWS section.

 

We pray for those that have been infected, for those who have lost loved ones, for countries that have been crippled by this pandemic. We pray for our country, our leaders to make well informed decisions, for our people and those vulnerable citizens in our society. We pray for our protection and for a cure. We pray for collaborative unity and support amongst all. In unity we shall rise!

*Please be advised that this Communique is Draft 3 as at 23rd March 2020 and will be updated and amended accordingly as and when further communication is received by the World Health Organisation and our President.

Sincerely yours,
Lyn Mansour
CEO

________________________________________________________________________________

UPDATE 19 March

Dearest Learners,

The COVID -19 outbreak was declared a Global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March 2020 with 150 confirmed cases now reported within South Africa as at 19th March, with persons infected through international travel and more recent, through local contamination. These numbers are expected to rapidly rise. The world is facing an emergency given the pace and speed of this pandemic. With President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a National State of Disaster in South Africa on Sunday 15th March, it is imperative that swift and informed decisions are made in collaboration with our respected clients, business partners, facilitators, suppliers and learners.

As a responsible business and DHET registered Private College we have heeded to the call of our President and will suspend all classes based at our facilities until the end of April 2020. KLM Empowered has a responsibility to carry out correct protocol, and ensure the safety of all our employees, clients, facilitators, suppliers and learners.

Suspension of Classes
On engagement with each of our clients, collective decisions will be taken on the smaller groups based at company and host sites.  Should protocols change, we will realign in collaboration with our clients and notify all facilitators and learners of KLM Empowered accordingly. Despite suspension of classes, we are taking every reasonable and stringent measure to ensure work is still being carried out timeously, and our production will by no means be hindered.

Important:
All learner classes on various sites including KLM Empowered’s Center of Business Excellence have been notified on Monday 16th to suspend all classes with immediate effect and other classes off-site from the 18th March.

Smaller groups off-site and at alternative venues and company sites will continue their classes until Friday 20th March and will be advised accordingly based on the client’s directive regarding continuance.

Attending workplaces is NOT suspended and will continue as normal with all reasonable precautionary measures put in place until further notice.

All learners and facilitators will be kept informed via email, SMS and via personal telephonic contact. Please ensure to keep abreast with all the communication mediums.

KLM Empowered will be communicating personal log in detail to our Knowledge X-Change LMS whereby you can keep updated on class information and have access to your Learning Programmes and Facilitators. This will be communicated next week.

In the interim, all facilitators have provided sufficient work to be covered and completed during this suspension phase to ensure that this unfortunate situation does not impact on the progress of your Learnership. Please ensure to complete all assignments and modules as instructed in preparation for your return to class.

Please Note:
All Graduations will be postponed until May depending on the call from the President.


KLM Empowered will continue to closely monitor the situation within our borders and all commentary from the World Health Organisation, the United Nations and Heads of State updates and addresses. The wellbeing of our employees, clients, facilitators, suppliers and learners is of paramount importance. KLM Empowered is committed to implementing and managing all reasonable precautionary measures to ensure effective communications, reliable information and constant updates with preventive protection remaining a top priority.

As COVID-19 continues to pose a serious threat and risk to everyone’s health, to the global economy and local business, we urge a conscious mindfulness and awareness towards intensified legitimate education, prevention and protective measures by all parties both within the workplace, host sites, social circles, communities and on one’s self and families.

With our broader audience of learners and employees being majority vulnerable youth with disability, KLM Empowered is prioritizing informed awareness and education on the virus and the protective measures that are to be adhered to.

We urge all learners, facilitators, assessors, moderators and visitors to KLM Empowered, to our offices, classes, host sites and sites of our clients to please exercise all precaution necessary by following the protocols below:

1. Ensure to BE:

SAFE – safe from the Coronavirus

SMART – well informed

KIND – and support one another

ALERT – of being amongst large crowds

MINDFUL – be conscious of others and symptoms:

 2. Symptoms

Should you experience any symptoms as noted on the WHO web site i.e.;

–    Sore Throat

–    Fever

–    Dry Cough

–    Shortness of Breath

Please do not report to work, to class, or to our offices.

Immediately self-quarantine after being assessed by your Medical Practitioner for a period of 14 days.

Provide a medical certificate before returning to work or to class.

Should you be experiencing any shortness of breath, report to your nearest hospital Emergency Centre immediately.

For more information save the following number to your WhatsApp for local advice and updates on COVID-19:  060 0123456. Alternatively visit:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

 

2.1. Places to Get Tested in SA

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/coronavirus-places-to-get-tested-in-sa-45030817

Here is a list of the places across the country from the IOL website you can visit to get tested if you suspect you have been infected with the virus:

Gauteng

Alberton IPS, 68 Voortrekker, Rd, New Redruth, Alberton, 1449

Netcare, Room 206 Mulbarton Medical Centre, 27 True N Rd, (Hospital), JHB, 2190

46 Rhodes Ave, Vereeniging, 1939

Lenmed in hospital, Lenasia South

Daxina Medical Centre

Krugersdorp Lab, Outpatient Depot, 1 Boshoff Street, Krugersdorp, 1739

Soweto Healthcare Hub

Birchleigh depot, 7 Leo Street

Kempton square shopping Centre, shop 61

Leicester depot, suite no 8 Leicester Medical Mews, 7 Leicester Road, Bedfordview Germiston

Houghton Hotel Depot, 53 2nd Ave, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, 2198, South Africa

62 Orchard Rd, Cheltondale, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa

Lancet Corner, Corner Stanley and Menton Rd, Richmond Auckland Park

Rosebank Lab, 3rd Floor, 8 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank

173 Rivonia Road, Morningside, Sandton, South Africa Rochester Place Office Block A

8 Parks Street, Bedfordview, Germiston

 

Free State and Northern Cape

Room G07, Mediclinic Bloemfontein, Kellner St, Westdene, Bloemfontein, 9301

112 Mac Dougall St, El Toro Park, Kimberley, 8301

RH Matjhabeng, Power Road, Reitzpark, Welkom

 

Western Cape

2 Heide Street, Bloemhof, Cape Town, South Africa

Brackenfell Medical Centre, Cnr Brackenfell & Old Paarl Road, Cape Town, South Africa

Cnr Longmarket & Parliament Street, Cape Town, South Africa

Smartsurv House, Century City, Cape Town, 7441

15 Paul Kruger Street, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa

Shop 9 De Kuilen Shopping Centre Carinus Street

7c Solway Street, Bellville West A, Cape Town, South Africa

91 Jan Smuts Dr, Pinelands, Cape Town, 7405, South Africa

Rondebosch Medical Center, 95 Klipfontein Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa

1st Floor, Room 4 Harbour Bay Medical Centre Trumali House, Trumali Street, Harringtons Place, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Arun Place Block 6 Unit F, Cherrywood Gardens, Sir Lowry’s Pass, South Africa

Stellenbosch Oewerpark Suite 12A Rokewood Road, Die Boord, Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Lenmed La Verna Private Hospital 1 Convent Rd, Ladysmith, 3370

Mediclinic Newcastle Private Hospital 78 Bird St, Newcastle Central, Newcastle, 2940

Life Empangeni Garden Clinic 50 Biyela St, Empangeni Central, Empangeni, 3880

Busamed Gateway private Hospital, 36-38 Aurora Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga, 4319

Berea 1st Floor, Mayet Medical Centre, 482 Randles Rd, Sydenham, Berea, 4091

Ahmed Al-Khadi Private Hospital 490 Jan Smuts Hwy, Mayville, Durban, 4058

Life Chatsmed Private Hospital Suite 121- 201 West Wing Chatsmed Garden Hospital, 80 Woodhurst Dr, Chatsworth, 4092

JMH Isipingo private hospital Suite 2 Grnd flr Medical Towers Isipingo Hospital, 162 Phila Ndwandwe Rd, Isipingo Rail, Isipingo, 4133

28 Bazley St, Port Shepstone, 4240

Suite 205 Midlands Medical Centre, 162-166 Masukwana St, Pietermaritzburg, 3201

Hilton Gardens, Hilton, 3245

Life Mt Edgecombe Private Hospital Ste 1 Phoenix Medical Ctr, Redberry Rd, Rockford, Phoenix, 4068

Life Entabeni Private Hospital Suite 8 Level 3 West Wing Entabeni Hospital, 148 Mazisi Kunene Rd, Berea, 4001

 

Limpopo

44A Grobler street, Polokwane Central

71 Wolksberg Road, Ivory Tusk Lodge, Tzaneen

Corner Mpehephu & Mvusuludzo near Cash build, Thouyandou

Clinix Private Hospital, No 86 Grosvenor Street, Phalaborwa

 

Rustenburg

1 Kok Street, Rustenburg

 

North West

Cachet Park Depot, Shop 24 Cnr Steve Biko & Meyer Street, Potchefstroom, 2531

3. Precautionary Measures

3.1.        Practice good hygiene;

3.2.        Frequently wash hands with soap and hot water;

3.3.        Always disinfect hands with sanitizer when touching common areas or within

your workplace, workstation, or on receipt of any third-party goods or

engagement with another party;

3.4.        Avoid touching your face, and personal contact with another person i.e.

shaking hands or hugging;

3.5.        Do not share utensils, glasses, food or any personal items;

3.6.        Practice social distancing;

3.7.        Keep an approximately 1 to 2 -meters distance between people;

3.8.        Be mindful when coughing or sneezing, please carry and use tissues that must

be disposed of immediately and cough or sneeze into the flex of your arm;

3.9.        Disinfect, desks, chairs, telephones, mobile phones, computers screens and

keyboards, access controls, doors and door handles;

3.10.      Disinfect and sanitize workplaces and homes throughout the day;

3.11.      Air Travel to be suspended unless an absolute necessity;

3.12.      Meetings will be continued with extreme caution and via virtual online session

 

4. Our Commitment

4.1.       To educate, to communicate, to keep informed on updates on COVID-19 to all

employees, clients, consultants, suppliers and learners;

4.2.        To collaborate and partner with our clients and suppliers to ensure all

reasonable protective measures are aligned and adhered to in support of each

other;

4.3.        Disinfectant and sanitizers will be implemented at all access points and

common areas;

4.4.       All workstations and classrooms will be sanitised multiple times during the day;

4.5.       All attendance and wellbeing will be monitored closely and reported;

 

GM: Project Operations, Bernice Ebersey and the KLM Empowered team will be in contact with you as updates are received and advise on all requirements going forward.

Your valued assistance and cooperation in mitigating the risks and managing this pandemic is kindly requested and appreciated.

As the world works relentlessly to find a vaccine for COVID-19 and the threat is very real to every human, I encourage you to remain calm, do not panic, remain healthy, remain informed and remain positive that the world will overcome.

Please follow KLM Empowered on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and on our website www.klmempowered.com  for information updates.

 

We pray for those that have been infected, for those who have lost loved ones, for countries that have been crippled by this pandemic. We pray for our country, our leaders to make well informed decisions, for our people and those vulnerable citizens in our society. We pray for our protection and for a cure. We pray for collaborative unity and support amongst all. In unity we shall rise!

*Please be advised that this is Draft 2 communication as at 19 March 2020 and will be updated and amended accordingly as and when further communication is received by the World Health Organisation and our President.

Sincerely yours,
Lyn Mansour
CEO

 

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