The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) today has confirmed that they are currently at an advanced stage of bringing the 151 South Africans home from Wuhan.
Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize has said the evacuation process “will be undertaken by the military in co-operation with DIRCO and the Chinese authorities”.
The operation currently consists of a multidisciplinary team, Department of Health and International Relations and Cooperation will work alongside the SANDF to repatriate the citizens from the COVID-19 city Wuhan.
“Once all the logistical arrangements have been confirmed by those responsible for planning, the repatriation process will begin,” said Army spokesman Sphiwe Dlamini.
“Once all the logistics have been confirmed by the planners who are busy with the planning of the operation, the repatriation process will then commence. The repatriation planning process is currently at an advanced stage and takes into consideration everything related to the logistics for the operation.”
This goes after Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa recently released a statement confirming that there are 151 South African’s currently living in Wuhan and from the requests of family and the citizens they are putting a plan together to ensure they get home safely, while also considering the safety of South Africa.
As of now, South Africa has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The SANDF will send an aircraft over to China and the South Africans will get onto this flight, when they arrive back they are required to go into a 21-day quarantine to ensure they are not infected. At this time the location of the quarantined location hasn’t been made publicly available, speculation has been made that it could possibly be Thaba Nchu former military base in the Free State.