14 March 2023
President Ramaphosa offers condolences to nations affected by Cyclone Freddy
President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the Government and people, offered condolences to the Governments and citizens of Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar which have been affected by Cyclone Freddy.
This tropical cyclone, which originated off the north-west of Australia in recent weeks and has travelled across the Indian ocean, has resulted in nearly 140 deaths, a high rate of injury and the loss of public infrastructure and private property in the three Southern African states.
President Ramaphosa said: “As the government and people of South Africa, we are saddened by the loss of human life, livestock, infrastructure and property experienced by our sister nations.
“Our thoughts are with the many families who have lost loved ones in this disaster and we share the wishes of the people of Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar that these extreme weather incidents will subside so that recovery and rebuilding efforts can proceed.”
Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to President Ramaphosa – +27 82 835 6315
ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA