SANDF provides plane for aid delivery

2011-08-15 21:19

Johannesburg - A South African military aircraft will deliver 18 tons of supplies to famine victims in Somalia this week, aid group Gift of the Givers said on Monday.

The C130 Hercules airplane would deliver essential food and anti-malaria medication to Mogadishu on Tuesday, said chairman Imtiaz Sooliman.

Department of international relations and co-operation spokesman Clayson Monyela said the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) would be delivering the supplies for free.

This is Gift of the Givers sixth flight to the region.

The fifth flight landed on Saturday.

"It is heartening to note that Mogadishu civil aviation granted Gift of the Givers landing rights in less than 5 minutes of receipt of paperwork.

"[This was done] in appreciation of our continuous support to the suffering thousands in Somalia."

Sooliman said the Gift of the Givers were discussing the possibility of more flights with local and Somali government officials.

"There will be more but we just need to see if they will be sponsored as well," he said.

The famine in Somalia killed tens of thousands of people, with more than 12 million people in need of food aid in the Horn of Africa.


The United Kingdom-based charity organisation, Oxfam, told the Associated Press (AP) on Monday, that South Africa was not doing enough for victims.

Oxfam official Irungu Houghton said the aid coming from the South African government was not enough given the country's more stable economic status.

"African citizens have already rallied to the cause and made significant contributions. But now we need African governments to follow their lead," Houghton said.

"Most are yet to make a decent contribution and show the true meaning of African solutions to African problems."

Houghton said his organisation expected African governments to raise at least $50m.

Monyela said criticism of South Africa's response to the disaster were unfair.

"We do not understand how people can criticise us while our aid mission is still going on," he said.

"We have already pledged R8m in aid, and we have partnered with Gift of the Givers to assist all the affected people."

  • Ian - 2011-08-15 21:40

    read today, last aid shipment has already been stolen and sold off, so without nato what you going to do

  • Macho Mike - 2011-08-15 21:47

    Eish, please be too much careful SANDF. I worry too very much your plane she get stollen or highjacked by Pirates ( not the soccer team, the real cross and skull pirates)

  • Alyson - 2011-08-15 22:09

    Oxfam can go and themselves. I personally won't give a cent to Somalia. I would much rather give to people and animals at home in SA. I would rather promote "buy SA goods" even if they are slightly more expensive, than buy "made in china" stuff. Charity begins at home has never been more pertinent, than now, here. I give to "sustainable charities" that I know are going to at least make a differnce here at home. Sorry but true for me.

      frankm - 2011-08-15 22:15

      Agreed, screw Oxfam, charity begins at home and we have plenty poverty and unemployment here.

      Yaseen - 2011-08-15 22:56

      Alyson, i was lucky enough to know somebody that visited a few affected areas as recently as 2 weeks ago. With continious sobbing he related how lil children were left to die on the sides of the roads coz they cant make it on their sumtyms month long journey to a u.n refugee camp. Forget about food, they die of thirst. Im guilty of letting the water run until its at 'the perfect temperature'. The least we can do is share this pain in our hearts. Thank You

      dotty_01 - 2011-08-16 07:01

      yaseen, you could say the same about many people in this country. why dont you go and visit some impoverished areas here before you start feeling sorry for those in other countries? so, turn off your taps and make a contribution to a SA cause if your conscience is giving you a hard time.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-15 22:30

    Do we still have any planes that can actually stay in the air? Since the ANC corruption-comrades-freedom-fighters got their grubby paws on the military,most things are broken,stolen or sold. To put it simple,if Bob had to invade us,you are better off calling the neighbor-hood watch for help. Freakin pathetic and an embarassement to watch these overweight 40- year old troops.

  • Miki - 2011-08-16 06:48

    Zuma, i.e. the SA government, rather spends loads of money on like-minded leaders that need to support their many wives in neighbouring countries...

  • dotty_01 - 2011-08-16 06:59

    not only am i funding this failed country, now i find out that i am funding another lost cause?

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