Chargé d'Affaires Gyan Bahadur Magar handed over relief food materials to Cathy Matamela, deputy director of the Department of Social Development of the Government of the Republic of South Africa amidst a brief ceremony held at the Embassy of Nepal to Pretoria today.

Speaking on the occasion, Magar expressed sincere condolences to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the recent devastating floods in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and North West provinces of the Republic of South Africa, and wished speedy recovery of the injured undergoing treatment. While recalling important assistance from the officials and staff members of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, philanthropic as well as private organisations and friendly people of South Africa to the earthquake victims of Nepal in 2015, he further said the food assistance was in support of a friend from a friend.

According to the embassy, Deputy Director Matamela thanked the embassy and Nepali community for timely humanitarian assistance that will help complement the basic needs of the disaster-affected people. The donated food items include rice, drinking water, blankets, cooking oil, milk, juice and other daily essentials.

Non-Resident Nepali Association National Coordination Council, South Africa, provided Rand 10,000 and the embassy staffers also made contributions.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 30, 2022, of The Himalayan Times