The Chinese embassy in South Africa recently donated food parcels to the impoverished community of Refilwe in Pretoria. The donation ceremony was led by the President of ANC Women’s League, Bathabile Dlamini.
They donated 1,000 food parcels, worth R200,000. “We are greatly honoured to be here to co-organise this donation ceremony together with the ANC Women’s League.
Since the lockdown in South Africa, the people of South Africa have responded actively to the government’s call and made important contributions and huge sacrifices for the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Li Nan, chargé d’affaires of the embassy.
Li said he realised that 1,000 food parcels were “far from enough”, but said that the donation represented the “cordial brotherhood and friendship of the people of China”. He said South Africa and China had elevated their bilateral relationship to fight Covid-19.
He noted that a number of South African enterprises, including the Standard Bank of South Africa, the Sun International Group and U-Mask Company, generously donated anti-pandemic supplies to China.
“Earlier this year, at the most difficult time of China’s fight against the pandemic, the South African government and people stood firmly with China. President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote to President Xi twice to express his valuable support, and has voiced his support for China’s anti-pandemic efforts on many occasions,” said Li.
In addition, the embassy also donated face masks to the Refilwe community on Monday, as part of intensified efforts to arrest the spread of the virus in South Africa.