The City of Johannesburg is gearing up to welcome 156 local and international golfers to the forthcoming Joburg Open.
South African professional golf has received a major boost with the announcement that the Joburg Open will make its return to the Sunshine Tour and European Tour from 19-22 November at Randpark Golf Club, thereby ushering in the country’s return to international golf following lockdown.
This major sporting event will see the golfers battling it out for the whooping R19.5 million prize money at the world-class Randpark Golf Club, Firethorn championship golf course.
This will be the first international men’s golf tournament on South African fairways in nine months, and a timely boost for the South African economy as it emerges from the COVID-19 lockdown.
This year’s tournament, coming as it does when we and the rest of the world are emerging from the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic, marks the City of Joburg’s readiness to open for business, tourism and breathing life back into the economy damaged by the pandemic.
The 2020 Joburg Open presents an opportunity to create potential new jobs with the community as there will be a South African caddie for each of the 156 golfers playing in this tournament.
While we recognise that Covid-19 remains a threat to lives and livelihoods, Lockdown regulations and protocols as well as stringent conditions set out by the minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa for Non-contact sports to resume are not negotiable.
City officials including Emergency Management Services (EMS) and Johannesburg Metro Police department (JMPD) will be on high alert during the historic return of Joburg Open to make sure that the tournament complies with Covid-19 level 1 regulations.
It is with great pride that this year’s event will be hosted in honour of the late Ntate Andrew Mlangeni a Rivonia trialist, a former parliamentarian, a freeman of the City who was a lifetime member of the Soweto Country Club.
Ntate Mlangeni had graced the tournament with his presence by playing in the various Pro Am and attending the tournaments as a VIP spectator guest. This is the first tournament that will be hosted following his passing.
We owe it to the memory of stalwarts like Ntate Mlangeni to ensure that this tournament is a great success not only from a sporting point of view but also as a catalyst for the positive social change in favour of the poor and the marginalized he spent his life fighting for.
As the City’s Government of Local Unity (GLU), we are extremely pleased to welcome back the Joburg Open to our schedule in what is also a momentous moment for South African professional golf as we also welcome back international competition to our fairways after a lengthy break.