Covid-19: Two more George municipality employees die, bringing death toll to 9

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  • Two George municipality officials have died from Covid-19. 
  • Nine of the municipality's staff members have died during the pandemic so far, and another 36 are currently infected. 
  • The municipality on the southern Cape coast was tested severely in previous waves of the pandemic. 


Two more George municipality officials have died from Covid-19 complications, a statement said.

Nine staff members have died during the pandemic, and another 36 are currently managing their Covid-19 symptoms. 

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The municipality, on the southern Cape coast, has been tested severely in previous pandemic waves, with staff in community services and the finance divisions being hit hard.

Colleagues are grieving the loss of Melvin Jansen, the acting supervisor for cemeteries and community services, who died on Saturday 3 July. 

Freddy Booysen, a civil engineering official, died on 30 June. 

Melvin Jansen
Melvin Jansen (Supplied by George Municipality)
News24 Supplied by George Municipality
Freddy Booysen
Freddy Booysen.
News24 Supplied by George Municipality

Jansen worked at the George municipality for 15 years in various roles, including the management of burial areas and beaches.

"Melvin was 51 years old and will be sorely missed by his colleagues who will miss his jokes and hard work ethic," the municipality said.

Booysen had worked at the municipality for 35 years and was a process controller in the Sewer Network Department, Pump Stations. Acting municipal manager Michele Gratz extended the municipality's condolences to both officials' families, loved ones and colleagues.

George municipality spokesperson Chantel Edwards-Klose said a drive-by memorial had already been planned for Jansen, with a table set out for people to leave messages as they drive past at set times. 

In the meantime, the municipality asked for patience as it worked with fewer staff than usual. There would be closures of some service divisions, due to deep cleaning, and staff shortages due to isolation or quarantine,

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