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Ambassador Chen Xiaodong Attended the Ceremony for Handing over Donated Materials to the Department of Social Development of South Africa

On October 19, the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and the Department of Social Development of South Africa jointly held a ceremony for handing over donated materials to the South African side. Chinese Ambassador Chen Xiaodong and Ms. Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development of South Africa and the chairperson for the African National Congress’ Subcommittee on International Relations attended the ceremony among other officials.

Ambassador Chen said that under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa has achieved positive results in epidemic prevention and control, and its economic and social development has gradually returned to the right track. Ambassador Chen spoke highly of the social security measures taken by the Department of Social Development under the leadership of Minister Zulu, saying that China is ready to work with South Africa to overcome difficulties and continue to provide assistance within its capacity to help South Africa achieve the goal of prevailing over the pandemic, stabilizing the economy and ensuring people’s livelihood.

Minister Zulu thanked China for its generous donation, saying that it fully demonstrates the profound friendship of the Chinese government and people towards the South African people, and is of great significance to alleviating the difficulties of people at the grassroots and lending impetus to the fight against the pandemic at community level in South Africa. South Africa will continue to learn from China’s experience in COVID-19 containment and poverty reduction, and give firm support on issues concerning China’s core interests.

Following the ceremony, Ambassador Chen and Minister Zulu gave interviews to the press respectively.

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