The French government has donated R1.8 million worth of medical and personal protective equipment ( PPE) to South Africa, to be distributed to hospitals in the Northern Cape, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga region. The donation comes as part ...
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The French government has donated R1.8 million worth of medical and personal protective equipment ( PPE) to South Africa, to be distributed to hospitals in the Northern Cape, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga region.
The donation comes as part of efforts to counter the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, at the behest of the South African government.
France's Ambassador to South Africa Aurélien Lechevallier said the battle against Covid-19 was not over, despite encouraging progress from South Africa and France in combating the spread of the virus.
“We need to continue our joint efforts against the virus and its social and economic impacts. We need to continue to support the medical facilities and all those fighting on the frontlines,” he said.
Director-General of the Department of Health Dr Sandile Buthelezi received the donation on behalf of the country and thanked the French people.
"I do believe that when this crisis is history, we will be remembered as a humanity that chose cooperation over confrontation, compassion over bigotry and unity over division," Buthelezi said.
The donation is part of the European Union countries' # TeamEurope response to provide assistance to South Africa during the pandemic.
Due to ongoing cooperation with Air France-KLM the donation arrived in South Africa.
“Air France-KLM South Africa has worked hard to keep the link between France and South Africa alive, repatriating the ones in need and bringing much needed goods from the world to South Africa. We are very proud and honoured that we could play a role in the transport of this generous gift by the French government to the South African people,” said Air France-KLM South Africa GM Wouter Vermeulen.