Press Release

23 May 2021

South Africa to deliver tonnes of maize meal to support Zimbabwe victims of 2019 flooding

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor will travel to Zimbabwe on Africa Day, 25 May 2021, to officially hand over, on behalf of South Africa, the first consignment of aid that South Africa is providing to the people of Zimbabwe who were affected by severe flooding in 2019 (Cyclone Idai).

His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, will receive the consignment on behalf of the people of Zimbabwe at the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe.

In March 2019, South Africa responded to an appeal from the Zimbabwe Government for humanitarian assistance in response to infrastructure destruction and loss of human life caused by severe flooding (Cyclone Idai).

South Africa, through the African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund (ARF), pledged R50 Million in humanitarian support to assist those affected by the cyclone in Zimbabwe.

The assistance consists 450 000 bags of 12,5 kg maize meal, to be distributed to the affected families.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 delayed the implementation of the project, which will now be completed by September 2021.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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