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joburgcityThe Star reports that the ravages of Covid-19 have not spared the City of Johannesburg. Acting city manager Floyd Brink reported that as of 7 July, 76 officials in the municipality had died.

This is according to Group Safety, Health and Environment, which tracks citywide screening and Covid-19 testing. “They were colleagues who also played a key role in ensuring that service delivery is indeed accelerated for our residents. They were not just numbers,” Brink lamented. He went on to say: “In scores of offices around the city, there are empty desks where the fallen colleagues used to sit. Some offices have gone quiet … The sad passing of our colleagues and councillors means that we have lost all that institutional memory they possessed and freely shared with the rest of us. Institutional memory is not something you build overnight. It takes years to acquire and impart. They died in the trenches and we have to pick up the baton and meaningfully transform the lives of our residents”. The City, through its employee assistance programme (EAP), is offering counselling services to officials and their families who are affected or have come down with Covid-19. On Wednesday, the City buried its executive mayor Geoff Makhubo, who succumbed to Covid-19 complications.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard on page 5 of The Star of 16 July 2021

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