Media Statement

02 October 2014

President Zuma conveys a message of condolence to Japan

On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolence to the Government and people of Japan, following the loss of life of Japanese hikers as a result of the volcano eruption at Mount Ontake on Saturday, 27 September 2014.

The eruption of the volcano, which is 3067 metres above sea level and 200 kilometres west of Tokyo, caused deadly ash and stone to rain down on the hiking site at the summit, which was packed with climbers, including children.

President Zuma said: “Our thoughts are with the people of Japan at this time of grief and sorrow in the wake of the loss of so many lives. The Government and the people of South Africa wish the families who have lost their loved ones the strength to recover from this natural disaster.”

For more information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974


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