China has donated a consignment of personal protective equipment to health professionals and other frontline workers in South Africa.
A limited supply of protective gear has hampered efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in the African nation, but this is set to change with the arrival of the Chinese donation.
South Africa is one of 52 African states that have recorded cases of COVID-19. The continent has reported over 16,000 cases and more than 500 deaths.
The Chinese donation has been warmly received in South Africa, with authorities there saying they will go a long way in helping the country battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think from the people of the Republic of China it’s an important thing that we have to get help from them and assistance and also is not only about the mask. We had an initial engagement early in the month of March with the consular general when we were starting off and I think we are still having a few numbers of infected cases in the country and in Gauteng,” said Bandile Masuku, an official from the Health Department, Gauteng Province.
The Chinese Consul General in Johannesburg, Tang Zhongdong, said the donation was a show of the strong China-Africa friendship.
“In his conversation with his excellency Mr Ramaphosa, our president Xi Jinping said that China and the African countries are good friends, good partners and good brothers which share wealth and warmth. And it comes as a plus because being brothers is a symbol of a friendly relationship between China and South Africa and between the two ruling parties,” said Tang.