We have Let Our Guard Down, and Unfortunately We Are Paying the Price

On the 28th of December 2020, a teary-eyed Ramaphosa pleaded with South Africans to take care of themselves and comply with the Covid-19 regulation as the country’s infection rate hit the million-mark milestone this week.

Under adjusted lockdown level 3, all indoor and outdoor gatherings have been prohibited for 14 days. Only funerals are allowed, but they cannot be attended by more than 50 people.

“We have let down our guard, and unfortunately we are now paying the price,” said Ramaphosa.

“The rapid rise in infections is being fuelled by so-called super spreader events, including end-of-year functions, family and social gatherings, and music and cultural events.

“This is a cause for great alarm, and points to an extreme lack of vigilance over the holiday period.”

Ramaphosa said every person needed to wear a mask in a public space.

How does this affect us as footballers in Phelindaba?

Firstly let us revisit our own conduct towards the first against the spread of the virus. Tshwane has been declared as one of the Corona Virus hotspots. Could it be that Pheli contributes to this. Let us ask the following questions:

  1. Do we wear masks all the time when we are in public?
  2. Do we sanitise all the time?
  3. Do we keep a safe physical distance all the time?
  4. Do we avoid spreader events or places?

 Honesty in answering these questions will help us do the right thing.

So as a football association we have to also be responsible. In support of the decisions by cabinet, we have to also make our own decisions in compliance therewith. Our decisions must consider that any risk identified nationally, and the mitigation therefore, we need to go a mile further on our response primarily because we declared a Corona Virus Hotspot. 

With immediate effect, the following will be complied with at least until the 18th of January 2021:

  1. No physical meetings. All meetings must be virtual. This is besides the point that in physical meetings people could keep safe physical distance, wear masks or sanitise. The drastic response is so because we are a hotspot.
  2. No football matches, friendlies or otherwise. 
  3. Any continued interaction between the association with its Members must be virtual, via telephone, instant messaging, email, and other forms.

In our Notice for the Ordinary Congress to be held on the 21st of January 2021, we said we will release the documents to be reviewed at the Congress by the 11th of January 2021, and clubs must have had meetings to review these and make submissions on objections or additional considerations by the 18th of January 2021. We will note that these directives make it difficult for this to happen, and therefore threatens the quality of our Congress. Therefore the Executive Committee will make pronouncements on that, which could possibly include the postponement of the Ordinary Congress.

The Executive Committee will continue to hold its meeting as planned on the 9th of January 2021, only that it will be virtual, via Google Meet.

We may end up having to hold the Ordinary Congress via Google Meet. Therefore we advise that all Members familiarise themselves with the use of Google Meet. The reason why we choose Google Meet over Zoom and Microsoft Teams is that it is free, no time limit, no attendees limit, and it has the capabilities that other platforms have. Note, the convener of the meeting must have a Google account, but attendees not.

During this period we will accept any input from all Members on what we could do to make the year better than it was last year. send your views to info@plfa.org.za, or comment on this post.

A formal circular containing this content will also be sent out to all Members.

NOTE: Remember to still register players, especially for Super League on MySAFA. So far no registrations are submitted. Registration Window closes on the 21st of January 2021. Judging by the last rigidness from SAFA Tshwane on registration windows, let us not even attempt to take chances on this.


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