South Africans across the country have begun gathering in their backyards and balconies at 8pm every evening to thank our health workers for their relentless work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Not only have South Africans been participating in the trend, but residents of countries across the world too. The trend was created by Annemarie Plas, a Dutch yoga teacher, who said she wanted healthcare workers across the world to know that the citizens of their countries appreciate their hard work and self-sacrifice during the pandemic.

On Tuesday, March 31, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde asked Capetonians to support the #ThankYouWC campaign. This is an effort to celebrate all essential workers, including doctors, nurses, farmworkers, supermarket staff and all the other people who work to ensure the province makes it through the pandemic.

“We thank you for your service,” he said.

Residents are asked to hang the flag from their doors and windows as a show of support and solidarity for essential workers.

Here are some scenes from SA and New York:



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WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS! My flat mate @christianwink and I decided to do something special for tonight’s 8pm #clapforourcarerssa. Our country is in us all. We are South Africa. We will do this together and we will help all our brothers and sisters until every last one of us is pulled through. Video: Armand Hough #onassignment #streetsacademy #coronavirus #wegotthis #covid_19 #streetphotography #pandemic #thestreetphotographyhub #photojournalism #zonestreet #capetownmag #capetown #documentaryphotography #streetlife #myspc #myfeatureshot #spicollective #southafrica #nkosisikeleliafrika #cityofcapetown #streetgrammer #frontpage #yourshotphotographer #thebigissue #storytellers #visualart #lockdown #burnmagazine @capetownmag #streets_storytelling @iolnews @thecapeargus

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.