Chinese firms, community aid SA in virus fight
CHINESE enterprises and communities in South Africa have donated R3 million and testing kits to the South African government to support the fight against Covid-19.
Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, South Africa-China Economic and Trade Association president Wang Wen’an, Huawei (South Africa) chief executive Fan Wen, South Africa Chinese Community and Police Forum chairperson Li Xinzhu, and All Africa Association for Peaceful Reunification of China chairperson Xu Changbin attended the ceremony.
Diplomats of the Chinese Embassy and representatives of Chinese businesses and the Chinese community were also present at the event.
Lin said that under the strong leadership and personal command and deployment of President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government and people have taken the most comprehensive, stringent and thorough measures. He referred to the mobilisation of resources nationwide and unprecedented lockdown of a city with 11 million people, to resolutely and effectively contain and defeat the epidemic in China.
“We have gained time for, and made great sacrifices and contributions to the prevention and control efforts of other countries.”
The “Chinese solutions” and “Chinese prescriptions” for anti-epidemic efforts have been effective.
Lin said that there had been no new confirmed cases in China for two consecutive days – all the new cases were imported from other countries.
More than 70 000 people have been cured and discharged in China.
All the makeshift hospitals in Hubei have been closed, and the medical staff who came to Hubei’s rescue are now returning home. “Out of the millions of foreigners in China, only 29 have been infected, and only two have died,” he said.
“Only one of the more than 80 000 African students in China was infected and now discharged from hospital. There are no confirmed cases among the 3 000 South African students and other South African citizens in China.
“South Africa and other African countries have no confirmed cases imported from China. The health and safety of foreign citizens in China have been effectively safeguarded.”
Lin noted that the coronavirus was spreading rapidly in the world, affecting more than 170 countries and regions, with more than 160 000 confirmed cases outside China.
“The ability, speed and scope of the spreading of the virus are beyond people’s imagination.This is a global battle between man and nature. In the age of globalisation, all countries’ interests are intertwined and no country is immune or can fight alone.
“The only right choice is to stay committed to building a community with a shared future for mankind, preventing and controlling the disease in a scientific manner, and joining hands to fight the epidemic.”
Lin said the pandemic was spreading rapidly in South Africa and other African countries. “We will never forget the understanding and support our South African friends gave to China, especially the generous donations made by South African enterprises to support China in its fight against the epidemic.
“As a good friend, good partner and good brother of South Africa, the Chinese government and people have provided and will continue to provide assistance to South Africa to the best of our capacity, and share our anti-epidemic experience, so as to support South Africa in defeating the epidemic.”
He said Chinese enterprises and communities in South Africa were taking action. To date, they have donated R3m to the South African government to support SA’s fight against the epidemic, of which R1m was donated by Huawei alone.
“In addition, the Chinese enterprise has provided 50 testing kits to South Africa, and another 500 have just arrived in SA for delivery.
“The Chinese government will provide 5 000 more testing kits to South Africa. This reflects our brotherhood and solidarity with the South African government and people.”