First edition of new-look Weekend Breakfast enables rescue mission to Malawi

On the first Sunday of 702/ CapeTalk’s Weekend Breakfast with Africa and Azania, the co-hosts highlighted the plight of Rescue SA, primed to go to Malawi to assist flood victims but needing critical funding.

A few hours later, Old Mutual had committed R300 000 to Rescue SA, enabling the mission to go ahead.

On Sunday morning, Africa Melane and Azania Mosaka spoke to the CEO of Rescue SA, Ian Scher, who noted that a group of 30 rescue and medical professionals had volunteered their time to go to Malawi to assist the flood-devastated country. The mission had been approved by the Department of International Affairs and was set to leave on Wednesday 21st January, but the funds to cover hard costs needed to be secured.

_This handout photo by the World Food Programme shows an _aerial view of a flooded area in Chikwawa area, Malawi, on 17 January 2015. Picture: AFP/WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME.

On Monday morning, CapeTalk breakfast show host, Kieno Kammies spoke to Chris Kapanga, Group CEO of Old Mutual Malawi who confirmed that the insurance group commited R300 000 to the mission.

Old Mutual has had an operation in Malawi since 1964 and as corporate citizens of this country, we didn’t hesitate to assist the people of Malawi through the Rescue SA mission

Chris Kapanga, Group CEO of Old Mutual Malawi

The funds will be released urgently, to enable Rescue SA to start their life saving work in Malawi as soon as possible.

Kapanga noted that the project is a full diplomatic effort in partnership with the South African embassy in Malawi.

Scher was delighted to learn of the donation, noting that it means that the team will now definitely be able to go. “We are an NGO that relies entirely on public donations and we have never been let down by the South African public in any of our previous missions.”

The total cost of the mission will be in the region of R500 000. If anyone would like to donate to Rescue SA, visit www.rescue-sa.co.za.


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