Almost 3 400 of the preliminary 3 637 South Africans who had indicated they wished to be introduced dwelling have returned.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has dismissed claims the authorities has pulled the plug on Qatar Airways repatriating South Africans from varied nations.
The division stated it was, nevertheless, in continued discussions with the airline to make sure the repatriations have been performed according to the guidelines and rules stipulated by the authorities.
While the repatriation of South Africans from varied nations was a humanitarian mission co-ordinated by the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints), guided by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), it was being co-ordinated to make sure it was compliant with lockdown rules, division spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele stated in a press release
“South Africans overseas requiring repatriation have been inspired to contact South African embassies to allow the division to evaluate the demand in every nation.
“This info is then used to rearrange the repatriation effort and to co-ordinate with NatJoints to make sure logistical preparations with well being, dwelling affairs, police, public Works and different related departments, together with public enterprises when SAA is offering the airlift.”
Ngqengelele added due to the continued demand of individuals eager to be repatriated, the division had submitted a request to the NCCC following approval by NatJoints.
“When the course of has been finalised and all the preparations have been made, the division will proceed with the repatriation of South Africans.”
Almost 3 400 of the preliminary 3 637 South Africans who had indicated they wished to be introduced dwelling have returned, together with these coming in by means of the land borders, Ngqengelele stated.
“The division reiterates its dedication to help all stranded South African overseas to come back again dwelling.”
On Wednesday evening, greater than 200 South Africans, who have been repatriated from Doha’s Hamad International Airport, landed at OR Tambo International Airport, News24 reported.
This after they have been left stranded in Qatar on Tuesday after the plane needed to flip round on the runway, which resulted in them sleeping at the airport earlier than departing on Wednesday morning.
While the division stated all the pieces was below management, one particular person, who wished to stay nameless and is ready to board the second final repatriation flight, stated they have been confused about what was occurring as they have been receiving info, by way of a WhatsApp group referred to as South African dwelling away from dwelling, that the different flights could be cancelled.
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