Top SA envoy Zim bound

by | May 24, 2021 | International, Local News, Politics | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor is expected to visit Zimbabwe on diplomatic business on May 25, 2021.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa (DIRCOZ) announced in a twitter thread posted on May 23, 2021.

The tweet read, “DIRCOZ will travel to Zimbabwe on Africa Day, May 25 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 Idal).

“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,” the department said.

It has been two years since the natural disaster Cyclone Idai which devastated Zimbabwe’s eastern border districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge in mid-March 2019 after drowning Mozambique’s second largest city of Beira.

The aid that the South African government brings comes when Zimbabwean Government has reached advanced levels of rebuilding and rehabilitating the affected communities.

DIRCOZ says the outbreak of the Covid-19 delayed their response to Zimbabwe’s call for aid back in 2019.

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.

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

“The assistance includes 450 000 bags of 12,5 kg maize meal, for the affected families.

The outbreak of the Covid-19 delayed the implementation of the project, which will now be completed by September 2021,” added South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation.