Pakistan Requests Relief Assistance from South Africa following
the Recent Earthquake
Tshwane - The Pakistan Government has requested assistance
from the South African Government following the recent earthquake that struck
Pakistan, India and Afghanistan and left thousands dead, maimed and wounded.
a communique addressed to Minister Dlamini Zuma, the Pakistani authorities requested
assistance in terms of blankets, tinned foods, medicines, tents and shelter including
In this regard and acting on instructions of Minister
Dlamini Zuma, the Department of Foreign Affairs approached the Ministry of Health
and several non-governmental organisations including Rescue South Africa, Gift
of the Givers and Aerotrade, an aviation company assistance.
consultations Minister Dlamini Zuma has today, Monday 10 October approved the
despatch by air of eighteen doctors; ten paramedics; and thirty tons of aid including
medicines, tents tinned food and blankets to Pakistan. The relief is expected
to depart from South Africa on Tuesday 11 October 2005.
Zuma has extended her appreciation to the NGO's and hailed the operation as an
example of a solid public and private partnership in helping the people of Pakistan
in their hour of need. In this context, the government reiterates President Thabo
Mbeki's message of condolences to leaders of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan following
this natural disaster of unprecedented magnitude.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa
on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152