China- South Africa solidarity continues to strengthen

National News

12 November 2020

Staff Reporter/PretoriaLIVE

PRETORIA – The Chinese Embassy in South Africa donated anti-pandemic supplies to the Kglema Motlanthe Foundation at a ceremony held at the Embassy of China. The event was attended by Ambassador Chen Xiaodong, Gugu Motlanthe, the wife of former president Motlanthe and executive director of the Kglema Motlanthe Foundation, attended the ceremony.

Ambassador Chen said, “China is ready to continue its cooperation with the Foundation.”

Gugu, on behalf of the former president, thanked China for its generous donation of anti-pandemic supplies, saying that the South African people thank the Chinese government and people for their support and friendship.

China and South Africa have always been a community with a shared future, and the two countries and peoples have always been supporting and helping each other.

Gugu Motlanthe, wife of former president Kglema Motlanthe and Ambassador Chen Xiaodong. Photo: Embassy of China

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa have exchanged letters, messages and phone calls in solidarity with each other.

The two presidents jointly hosted the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against Covid-19 to discuss ways for China and Africa to defeat the virus together.

The Chinese embassy and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries jointly donated anti-pandemic supplies to the Kglema Motlanthe Foundation, which they believe will help South Africa fight against the pandemic.

The Foundation is ready to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese embassy and make greater contributions to deepening the friendship between South Africa and China and promoting the development of South Africa.

In the recent past the embassy of China and it’s partners donated food parcels and PPE in Rifilwe, Soweto and sewing machines in Tweeling, Free State. Local companies like U- Mask have also come to the aid of China.

China remains the biggest trade partner with South Africa and foreign direct investment from China is about R16 Billion.