from AKANI CHAUKE in Johannesburg, South Africa
SOUTH Africa is to provide thousands of tonnes of the staple maize to victims of the cyclone that battered neighbouring Zimbabwe in 2019.

Naledi Pandor, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) minister, is scheduled to hand over the first shipment when she visits Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

The visit coincides with Africa Day.

According to the department, the aid consists 450 000 bags of 12,5 kg maize meal.

“His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa will receive the consignment on behalf of the people of Zimbabwe at the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe,” the department stated on Monday.

The gesture is part of the African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund (ARF), through which South Africa pledged R50 million (US$3,56 million) in humanitarian support to Zimbabweans, who were affected by the Cyclone Idai.

ARF is to be completed by September this year.

Idai left more than 600 people dead and over 200 missing in eastern Zimbabwe.

– CAJ News