As the first full week of the nation-wide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic that is devastating the world, the Presidential is grateful for good news that brings joy and hope at this difficult and uncertain time.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said that as he was in Polokwane yesterday to meet the 114 South Africans who were evacuated from Wuhan in China two weeks ago.
He added that they have ended their quarantine and are finally going home to be with their families.
“They have all tested negative for the virus and are in good health and good spirits after quarantine,” said President.
Ramaphosa said that for months, they have been in lockdown, first in Wuhan for some 51 days and then in Polokwane for 14 days.
“They have been unable to be with their loved ones, unable to leave their living quarters and uncertain about when their ordeal would end,” he added.
He said that when they add the remaining 17 days that South Africa will be under lockdown they will have been under lockdown for 82 days.
President alluded that it was wonderful to spend time with this diverse group of South Africans made up of all ages, languages and backgrounds.
“I was impressed by their resilience and courage and by their determination to remain healthy,” he said.
He expressed that their return home was made possible by a great many people who went to great lengths to make this repatriation operation a success.
“As a nation, we are extremely grateful to the Government and the people of China for taking such good care of our citizens, and for their assistance in organizing their repatriation,” said President.