Well-known and respected businessman Johan Kinsey-Ahlers, who last Friday became the first person on the South Coast to test positive for the coronavirus, has provided an update on his health.
Kinsey-Ahlers, the dealer principal at South Coast Volkswagen and Audi South Coast, also spoke about the health status of his family members, staff and those who had been in close contact with him between having returned from Germany and the time of his testing – and it’s good news.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Kinsey-Ahlers said:
“Update on my/our COVID-19 crisis which exploded late last Friday 20/03/2020.
“So much has happened since.
“The first good news to share with you is that my family, my staff and all those who had close contact with me and were tested have all tested negative.
“My family and I are all still in good health and still isolated/quarantined at home.
“Despite backlash from some, due to perhaps fear of the unknown, we would like to acknowledge and thank the vast majority of our community and friends for the overwhelming and humbling messages of support and understanding.
“We can not express how much this has meant to us and how grateful we are.
“From a business point of view I need to commend my business partners and staff and the emergency team they got together to help us respond to, and deal with this situation over the past few days. They all worked tirelessly throughout most of this past weekend to contain and restore the situation.
“They put all measures in place and we complied with all protocols and guidelines from authorities and all organisations involved.
“As you are aware we had to put an immediate self imposed lock down on all our businesses.
“We are please to be able to report that we were able to obtain the professional services of Bidvest Cleaning to come and sanitise all our premises which included our South Coast VW and Audi Centre Margate dealerships as well as our Kingfisher Total Service Station this past Monday.
“We have also been given the all clear on all these premises by UGU Disaster Management and were set to reopen tomorrow [Wednesday] for business with all staff who had no direct or close contact with me. Those with close contact would see out the 2 week self isolation imposed.
“However, we now all know that so much in our country has changed in the past 24 hours – as we face a national lock down and new challenges impacting most business entities in our country.
“We are all in this together and will all certainly feel the impact.
“Thank you again to all our friends and loyal customers who rallied around us during these trying times. We hope to continue being of service to you once our world returns to normal. We trust that we can rely on your ongoing support even more than in the past, as we will all need to support each other to rebuild after this storm – let’s support local when life restarts.
“I “Choose Faith over Fear” – we are not alone in this storm.
“Stay Safe and God Bless!”