Joburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo will lead a ceremony on Thursday to honour over 2,000 people who succumbed to COVID-19 in the city.
The City of Johannesburg said it was heeding President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call and would remember those that lost their lives by lighting a candle of hope at the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge.
It said the bridge lights would also be switched off around 7 pm on Thursday evening to pay tribute to the city’s frontline workers.
Spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase said: “To mark a moment of silence and solemn tribute to the frontline workers who have extended themselves beyond imaginable limits to serve and protect the residents of the City of Johannesburg.”
The City of Joburg has also urged residents to be cautious and abide by lockdown restrictions this New Year’s Eve.
The city has had to cancel a number of celebrations over the festive season due to the peak in COVID-19 infections.
Under level 3 restrictions – with the exception of funerals, restaurants, museums, gyms, and casinos – all indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited.
Ndamase said they hoped for a safe cross over into the new year.
“Once more we urge residents of the city to behave accordingly, to stick to the regulations and restrictions, and to ensure that we all have a safe cross over into 2021 that will be incident-free without super spreader events.”
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