Media Statement

12 December 2018

DIRCO and members of the diplomatic corps honour Madiba

The lives of the senior citizens of Ekuphumleni Old Age Home in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, will never be the same. This, after the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO),  together with Embassies accredited to South Africa have decided to donate a number of products in an effort to better the living conditions of the elderly women and men of Ekuphumleni.

The products donated to the old age home include among other things, heaters, couches, bed linen, and first aid kits. Members of the diplomatic corps also donated money towards procurement of other essential needs for the senior citizens.

The good gesture by DIRCO and members of the diplomatic corps forms part of the centenary celebration of former President Nelson Mandela. Since January 2018, South Africa, joined by international community, have been honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the first democratic president of the Republic of South Africa.

Speaking on behalf of DIRCO, Deputy Director-General and Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Nonceba Losi said: “On behalf of Minister Sisulu, we extend our sincerest gratitude to all members of the diplomatic corps for their unwavering support throughout the year.  As we close 2018, we can proudly look back and say we, together with all members of the diplomatic corps, are indeed agents of change. We are a country that honours and celebrates its senior citizens.”

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