South Africa supports disaster relief efforts


President James Michel in talks with Dr Nomvuyo N. Nokwe at State House

The South African high commissioner to Seychelles Dr Nomvuyo N. Nokwe presented her country’s contribution yesterday after making a courtesy call on President James Michel at State House.

Present to symbolically accept the donation was the fund’s chairperson Lekha Nair who thanked the South African government for lending a helping hand to Seychelles.
The money has formerly been handed over and is already in the fund.

Dr Nokwe said the aim of the visit to Seychelles was to officially hand over South Africa’s contribution towards the fund.

Dr Nomvuyo N. Nokwe presenting Lekha Nair with South Africa’s one million SA rand

She added that the two countries have warm bilateral relations and it was felt by the South African President Jacob Zuma that his country needs to help Seychelles in these times to alleviate conditions of people who were affected.

Dr Nokwe’s visit is also to follow up on meetings held last year aimed at looking at bilateral relations and how these can be strengthened.

She said there have been several exchanges between the two countries not only at senior levels but among students also.

Dr Nokwe expressed South Africa’s regret and sympathy concerning the material damage experienced by Seychelles during the tropical storm Felleng in January, and said her country will support the local recovery efforts.

President Michel thanked the government and people of South Africa for their support and concern, as an expression of the friendship between the two countries.

They discussed several areas of bilateral cooperation as well as matters of interest in regional affairs.

Also present at State House were secretary of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Barry Faure and the president’s diplomatic adviser Ambassador Calixte d’Offay.

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