SA donates R10m in aid to Congo

2012-03-28 18:52

Johannesburg - The department of international relations has donated R10m in aid to victims of the explosion in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo, a charity group said on Wednesday.

Gift of the Givers chairperson Imtiaz Sooliman said the money would be used to buy food, tents, blankets, water purification tablets, clothing, energy supplements, detergents and disinfectants for people in the city.

"[The department]... has made R10m available for this humanitarian aid package, including the sponsorship of two Iluyshin-76 aircraft with the joint capacity for 70 tons of supplies," he said in a statement.

"The items purchased will augment the R8m supplies already provided by Gift of the Givers and will be selected in a manner to avoid duplication, add what's 'missing' and double up what's still very necessary."

Sooliman said people in Brazzaville still needed urgent medical care and supplies.

"We have decided to make this intervention in the military hospital, where full co-operation and unrestricted access was granted to our teams."

This was the second time the department had helped an African country "in distress" within the past six months, he said.

The department contributed R4m in aid to the Somalia famine in October.

The first aid plane to Congo is scheduled to leave on April 1.

Over 200 people died when a munitions dump in the city exploded on March 4.

Sooliman said thousands suffered severe burns and major trauma. Some had to have amputations.

"Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, represents a war zone with thousands of homes, businesses and two churches destroyed," according to a statement posted on the charity's Facebook page.

  • Irene - 2012-03-28 18:54

    Time to stop paying tax. The ANC scum don't realise that charity begins at home.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-28 19:13

      Africa is home.

      Morama - 2012-03-28 19:26

      @Irene.We don't deny that south Africa has it's own challenges but this is emergency.Please try to have a look in this?

      Jack - 2012-03-28 19:36

      @Morama....You know what really pisses me off....that every person in South Africa or be it the Congo thinks the ANC is proving them with pensions and donations...fact is that all that money comes from one place only and that's the hardworking tax payers. Easy to play father christmas with someone elses cash.

      Morama - 2012-03-28 19:48

      @Jack.We are sharing the same pain and in this instance ANC/government has acted in a positive manner eventhough myself don't really believe that all the mentioned amount has just been given out without this ANCorruptors stealing any part of it.Regard this as Humanitarian help which can be helpful should South AFrica sruck by the unexpected?

      infijar.ken - 2012-03-28 21:16

      Ye gods, I hope some of you are never in need of support of a Charity. Don't forget, even a Hospice exists on donor support. You, or someone close to you, may need support of a Hospice one day. Some of you just have no humanity, and should be ashamed of yourselves!

      Mark - 2012-03-28 21:36

      Ken. You are right. These poor Congolese need everything they can get. If, though, our SA Gvt government reined in corruption just a little, this country could have donated far more - and with less resentment from us taxpayers, who are pretty close to open revolt at all the misspending.

  • Fussed - 2012-03-28 19:12

    Thats right news24, remove my comments. The truth hurts hay

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-28 19:17

    Weldone...instead of stealing it they have actualy managed to do something heartfulling. Even if that 10mil was I would have accepted people in DRC are suffering in such a way that makes a person living in a filthy shack look a milionaire...again weldone.

      Morama - 2012-03-28 19:33

      Well said Azanian.

      Fussed - 2012-03-28 20:07

      The anc havent paid supliers for there 100yr party that they had

      Fussed - 2012-03-28 20:08

      Remember "the rain washed the money away"

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-15 16:25

      That's OK - but don't you dare blame white's or apartheid ever again when you see your people suffering here in S.A. If you did, then you my friend are a hypocrite.

  • Morama - 2012-03-28 19:24

    Job well done ANC. I just hope that no one has took share alreday and if not so JOB WELL DONE.we will always have the rich and thepoor so therefore this was emergency situation!!!!

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-03-28 19:54

    Charity starts at home what your own people who don't have a roof over there head or food to eat

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-03-28 20:19

    Why not donate R10 mill to the homeless and RDP projects?

  • croets - 2012-03-28 20:20

    People of South Africa! We must wakeup and see the truth about those who spend our TAXES. See, their total disrespect and disregard towards SA, and the people who were born in this country…the true citizens of South Africa. We are fast on our way to becoming just another poverty stricken, African country. A country that depend on the charity of the EU and the US….or even worse, China. Handing out money while local councils across SA are bankrupt, schools and hospitals are failing, etc, etc…is the most dumbest and arrogant thing the ANC could ever do. It is almost like the government is taunting us. They are basically giving the citizens of SA the finger!

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-28 20:21


  • eddiebant - 2012-03-28 20:39

    Can SA afford to play father - christmas when we need the money ourselves for so many projects? Are we trying to give the impression we are such a rich country,while poverty is a big problem.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-29 02:17

    Sa donates R10M to Congo. I have just received a shipment of 6 Mercedes S-Classes destined for Congo.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-03-29 10:26

      I can't say that they are all for government (although they were all the same colour and two of them had special flag holders on the front wheel arches). The point is, not even the rich businessmen are willing to help their country, and I don't see why they need to rely on such small donations. R10M wont even last, an I am certain it will support someone's lifestyle instead of helping the poor.

  • Loo - 2012-03-29 09:06

    Imagine your child being hungry due to a war you did not start or want anything to do with. Are YOU the one that's going to live in the veld and hunt rabbits to feed your kids ????? I for one am happy that R 10 million goes to a good cause rather than into a politicians pocket,, even if it just takes that money out of the "to be stolen by politician pool" lets just hope the money gets paid to a organization that don't steal it anyway.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-03-29 10:22

      If you read my comment below, you will understand why people don't see why we need to send them money when they clearly have enough for luxury cars.

  • SunshinyDay - 2013-11-27 16:24

    What explosion? The one that happened over six months ago already? I am all for helping others, I fully supported their trip to the Philippines, but I don't understand why such an amount had to be donated to a country that had a little disaster a year ago (and I say little, because compared to the 4000plus that died in the Philippines, 200plus is a small figure).

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