The mission would cost R25 million and included 151 members of the SA National Defence Force, according to the letter Ramaphosa sent to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise to inform Parliament of the deployment.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday met with the team heading to Wuhan in China to repatriate 122 South African citizens.
“Go with speed, with God and bring our children back home,” Ramaphosa said at OR Tambo International Airport ahead of their departure. “Thank you very much for having taken on this mission.”
— Canny Maphanga (@CannyMaphanga) March 10, 2020
Here are 9 points you should know:
1. About 122 citizens living in Wuhan are expected to return home
2. The flight leaves from OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday at 21:00
3. The flight will stop over in the Philippines on Wednesday for refuelling, to rest and to restock essential foodstuffs
4. After the stopover, the aircraft will fly to Wuhan City where it will remain for about 8 hours
5. Screenings and checking of required travel documents will take place
6. The flight will leave Wuhan City in the early hours of the morning and land back in South Africa on Friday
7. No South Africans coming home are showing any symptoms of the Covid-19 virus
8. The group will be quarantined for 21 days upon their arrival under the supervision of the SANDF
9. The mission costs R25 million