The City of Johannesburg welcomed its first major international sports event since the easing of lockdown restrictions when Councillor Geoffrey Makhubo, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, hit the honorary tee shot to signal the start of Thursdayâ€™s first round of the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club.
â€œItâ€™s very exciting for us as the City of Johannesburg to be able to showcase our amazing city and be able to let the world know we are still open for business. The Joburg Open is a great leap for us in terms of our COVID-19 economic recovery in Johannesburg,â€ said Councillor Makhubo.
Randparkâ€™s Firethorn course will host a mix of Sunshine Tour and European Tour professionals over the next four days as they compete for a prize fund of R19.5 million.
â€œJohannesburg is the home of golf in South Africa, and Randpark is one of the finest golf courses we have. The course is in pristine condition for this tournament, and I think the professionals will enjoy themselves.â€
The Mayor also said he hopes the Joburg Open provides even more encouragement for tourists to visit Johannesburg and enjoy what the city has to offer.
â€œWe have a lot to offer, even though there are COVID-19 restrictions. We are still in lockdown, but an eased lockdown of Level 1. For visitors to our city we still have game reserves to enjoy, the Cradle of Humankind, and world-class shopping. So please come and visit.â€