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A Letter from the Chairman 31 August 2020

An update from our Chairman

31 August 2020

Dear Highland dancing community

As a country, we were delighted by the announcement of the President that we move to Level 2 of the National State of Disaster. With this news came the hope that teachers would be able to resume their in-person classes. This is confirmed by the official notification from Dance Sport South Africa -

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bpfse8fh5auso8c/Resumption%20of%20DanceSport%20trainng.pdf?dl=0

However, you will know that the situation of our teachers vary greatly – some teachers use public facilities whilst some have their studios at their home. This results in each teacher having to do a Risk Assessment pertinent to their specific situation before deciding whether to resume classes. Our instruction to teachers wishing to resume classes is that any decision must include total compliance with all the Government

COVID19 Prevention Regulations. To that end we attach the following Government Gazette link which provides information on the steps to be taken.

I have no doubt that as much as we all wish to return to some level of normality, any decision that our teachers may reach, will be taken with due care and consideration, likewise for those teachers who believe themselves to be unable to resume their in-person classes at this time. We must at all times remember that our health, as well as the health and safety of our fellow South Africans, is ultimately the most important issue at the moment.

The OBHD(SA) has not applied for blanket permission for resumption of in-person teaching. The responsibility lies directly on each studio moving forward to ensure correct management and adherence to all protocols.

Like you all, I look forward to the time when life and our pre-COVID routine can return to normal and when we can, once again, be together and enjoy the activities that we have missed so much.

Kind regards,

Mrs.Mel Smith

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