Media Release

28 March 2012

Statement on SA’s Humanitarian Assistance to the Republic of Congo

The Government of the Republic of South Africa has taken note of the humanitarian situation in the Republic of Congo following the explosions that left hundreds of people dead and many injured on the 4th of March 2012. South Africa, through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has accordingly decided to donate R10 million.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation will work through the charity organisation Gift of the Givers to reach the intended recipients.

The money will be used to buy food, tents, blankets, water purification tablets, clothing, energy supplements, detergents and disinfectants.

The items purchased will augment the R8 million supplies already provided by Gift of the Givers.

The R10 million humanitarian aid package includes the sponsorship of two Iluyshin-76 aircraft with the joint capacity for 70 tons of supplies.

For further information please contact spokesperson for the Department Clayson Monyela on 082 884 5974

Issued by: Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)

460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

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