On the 19th of April 2022, the Chinese Embassy donated one million rand towards the Kwa-Zulu Natal Disasters Relief fund at the Chinese Embassy in Pretorius Street, Hatfield. Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in South Africa- his excellency Chen Xiaodong was deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and infrastructure in Kwa-Zulu Natal. He sends his heartfelt condolences to the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa and the people of South Africa especially KZN who have been  affected and lost their loved ones.

 ‘’We as the Chinese Embassy in South Africa wishes a speedy recovery to all injured.’’ His excellency Chen Xiaodong.

To contribute to a meaningful friendship towards South Africa’s ongoing relief efforts, the Chinese Embassy handed over one million rand to Minister of Social Development, Honourable Lindiwe Zulu to support the people and families affected by this tragic disaster, ‘’as we are good brothers and friends & partners China, and South Africa has always stood by and fought together with each other and that is our good tradition which is also in connection with our friendship, so today’s handover is part of our efforts for supporting KZN people affected by the disaster also in part of our  assistance for disaster relief for KZN and restricting  areas.

The Embassy will aptitude to provide their massive support including funds in supply, rebuilding homes for those we were left homeless, so they can come back to normal homes, and they will continue to do their best in order help families and people affected by this disaster.

Honourable Lindiwe Zulu also showed much gratitude as the handover took place and thanked the Chinese Embassy, the ambassador- his excellency Chen Xiaodong for showing interest and the contribution in helping Kwa-Zulu Natal people, she said ‘’This is what we call ‘’ubuntu’’ in the South African context and China for us as it is, this is not the first time we here to receive a donation.’’

She expressed how very grateful she is that the Chinese Embassy spoke to the President of South Africa expressing their concern in the loss of life which is very unfortunate and the destruction of infrastructure. The President also declared this a national disaster because not only looking at Kwa-Zulu Natal but also in the surrounding areas.

‘’The future depends on the ensuring that we build strong infrastructure that can be able to resist the current challenges that we have from a disaster point of view’’ she added. She also thanked the social workers who are involved in helping affected families dealing with the trauma and physio social support.

By Mamsi Nkosi

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