Dina Ivanova, sister-in-law of Ivan, wrote to the Hout Bay community and thanked them for their support.
She said: “On behalf of Ivan’s wife Tina and the whole Ivanov family, I’d thank you for sharing our pain. It has given us consolation and strength to deal with this terrible loss.”
Bronwyn Moore from the Community Cohesion organisation said the “ninth day memorial service” would be conducted by Orthodox priest Father Nikolaos Giamouridis assisted by deacon Michael Samos, as requested by the Ivanov family.
Moore said those able to walk up to East Fort should “please park down at the beach parking area, and those who need to drive, metro police will be assisting with traffic control at East Fort”. The ceremony starts at 3.30pm.