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The Durban-Guangzhou sister city association continues to bear fruit during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the distribution of much needed food parcels to community organisations in the City on 4 December. The initiative was founded on 11 June 2011 with its primary aim being to encourage and strengthen the co-operation between the People’s Republic of China and South Africa in areas of economic development, cultural friendship and trade and investment. In an effort to alleviate the burden on the Municipality, the KwaZulu-Natal Chinese Federation of Industry and Commerce donated about 400 food parcels to the Phoenix Child Welfare Society and the Key of Hope organisation valued at approximately R160 000.

Chairperson of the Chinese Federation of Industry and Commerce Defei Lin indicated the importance of the partnership between eThekwini and Guangzhou during these trying times, saying all countries are compelled to consolidate their programmes for an effective fightback against Covid-19.

“Our partnership with eThekwini is based on long-term objectives focused on establishing developmental dialogue and engagement among business leaders’ thereby encouraging and promoting business relations to the benefit of both parties, at all levels.”

President of the Phoenix Child Welfare Society Dr Muni Koobal was excited about the impact the donations will have in assisting them during the pandemic. He said this will allow them to maintain their mandate to help the community.

“Our organisation is committed to providing services and resources for the protection of children and preservation of families especially since we are recognising the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign. Even though we are carrying a heavy load due to the coronavirus, this gesture is certainly set to go a long way,” Koobal said.

Chief Operating Officer of Key of Hope, Jonathan Borowski said their organisation operated around nine programmes which includes their feeding programme. He said the feeding programme is often stretched beyond capacity as they provide monthly parcels to households who are struggling.

“As a society, we are faced with an onslaught of challenges such as Covid-19, child abuse and HIV/AIDS which has left over three million orphans across the country. We will continue to partner with the City and other organisations who donate food to that we can continue to distribute to those most in need.”
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