South Africans stranded in Mali

2012-03-24 16:01

Johannesburg - There are South Africans stuck in Mali after the coup d’état in the West African nation, the department of international relations said on Saturday.

"Nobody can go into Mali, the airports are closed and logically it means that there are South African's stuck there, including our officials who are attached to the embassy," said spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

Monyela said they did not have a count of how many South Africans could be stranded in the West African nation.

He said once communication channels into the country were opened, there would be more clarity on the number of stranded citizens.

Scores of Malian soldiers mutinied earlier this week and staged a coup d’état amid anger over what they say is lack of equipment to stamp out a Tuareg rebellion.

The coup has been widely condemned.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-24 16:24

    This is such a nice African story. On the news this morning it was mentioned that two Zanu PF ministers are stuck in Mali. They were there to attend a summit on...Safety and Security! In the meantime Swaziland is passing legislation criminalizing any badmouthing of the king on Facebook and Twitter. We must remember to applaud this man's talent at keeping so many poor people happy by being the second richest king in the world. With Gadhaffi dead, Mswati is now the hero.

  • Doug - 2012-03-24 17:19

    Most of the South Africans in Mali are gold miners. There are about 20 in Bamako the Capital (mostly Embassy and central mine office guys) I worked in Bamako 10 years ago during their first demographic elections. The miners who are at remote sites will be fine. My mates tell me that production on the mines is normal. Let me assure you that each mine has evacuation plans that can evacuate all our people in hours if required. They all have air strips. Malian people are by nature very nice kind hearted people with very good values and I am sure that our guys will be fine.

      j.c.s.mailbox - 2012-03-24 17:39

      Thanx Doug, this kind of factual news is very comforting.

      Gregg - 2012-03-24 19:14

      Hi Doug, I am one of the SA pilots in Mali the company that I work for flies to the Rand Gold mines daily, and yes, they might have plans in place to evacuate, which we would all like to do, but the military has seized the airports, we are just as stuck in Bamako, as the guys out in the mine. Hope this all ends peacefully!

      valcooperRSA - 2012-03-24 21:48

      @doug.....Well im just happy my son is back home from the mines there

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-25 11:32

    it happens in Africa only...

  • Doug - 2012-03-26 08:55

    Hi Gregg...Good luck..I see that the military allowed a charter flight to take Zimbabwe and Kenyan Ministers out of Bamako. Hopefully they will allow you guys to operate normally soon. Are the Niger River bridges in Bamako open? We had a small boat when I was there as an evacuation back up incase they closed the bridges. I hope that all goes well with you guys...Good luck.

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