- South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe has donated R1 billion to the fight against the coronavirus
- Motsepe says this is a challenging time for South Africa during a briefing on the donation
- This comes after the Rupert and Oppenheimer family each pledged the same amount to help provide economic relief
Patrice Motsepe has announced that he will help fund the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.
During a briefing on the current situation, Motsepe said that this is a challenging time for the country, but with SA's history of coming together during these tough times, there is hope.
The billionaire said the coronavirus is very serious and commended the state for the effort it has undertaken to combat the pandemic. However, he feels more serious measures need to be implemented.
It is understood the funds will be channelled into purchasing soap, sanitizer, water and other essential items needed during the lockdown period.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had earlier announced that both the Rupert and Oppenheimer family would be donating R1 billion to a relief fund during the crisis.
South Africans applauded the Tyme Bank founder for this decision, which comes just as the nation was downgraded to Junk Status by ratings agency, Moody's.
With evidence of the immense toll the virus has taken on health care sectors across the world, South Africa has still got a long, difficult road ahead.
Take a look at just a few reactions to this immense contribution to the fightback efforts below:
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