South Africa’s Western Cape on Tuesday received badly-needed medical supplies from China amid the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the province, the epicenter of the virus in the country.
Albert Fritz, minister for Community Safety for the Western Cape, received the supplies, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and other materials, at a ceremony held at the Chinese Consulate in Cape Town.
Fritz thanked the Chinese Consulate and the Chinese local community for making this happen.
The donation, he said, shows that combatting the pandemic is an international fight that entails the efforts of all countries to save humanity.
“We welcome all the efforts, all the contributions from the Chinese government and we are really grateful for it,” Fritz said.
He said the province is badly in need of medical supplies as the province is gripped by the pandemic.
As of Tuesday, Western Cape has recorded 1,870 cases and 38 deaths, both the highest numbers among all the nine provinces.
Chinese Consul General in Cape Town Lin Jing said: “We need to exhaust our efforts to help our South African friends to fight against the virus.”
Noting South Africa’s support and assistance to China during the latter’s most difficult period of fighting the virus, Lin said, now is the time for China to give back as solidarity and unity are critical to confronting the pandemic.
Also present at the ceremony was Gang Dong, representative from the South African Chinese Cultural Development Center, who said that since the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa, the Chinese community in Western Cape has been mobilized to work together with the local community.
Led by the Cape Town Chinese Community Police Forum, the Chinese community managed to raise funds amounting to 600,000 rand (about 30,000 U.S. dollars) to help the local government fight the virus, Dong said.
“More efforts are being made by the Chinese community to make more contributions to the fight,” said Dong. Enditem