- Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman revealed that there is no need for government thanks
- Dr Sooliman thanked the country for their support to Gift of the Givers, adding that the organisation is extremely appreciative
- South Africans noted the work of Gift of the Givers after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the Cuban Medical Brigade's Nobel rize nomination
Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman thanked Mzansi for the love and support the disaster relief group has received. Dr Sooliman added that the organisation believes there is no need for special thanks from the government.
Gift of the Givers received tons of support from South Africans after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would be nominating the Cuban Medical Brigade for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize award.
Many SAns believe that the Gift of the Givers deserved the nomination for their work in aiding the country during the global pandemic.
A report by IOL stated that Dr Sooliman was shocked at the sheer number of calls he received following President Ramaphosa's speech. Sooliman said it was not about being mentioned as they don't expect that. He added that people love them and their work and they appreciate that.
The Citizen reported that quite a few SAns argued that Gift of the Givers deserves some sort of recognition for their work.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on how the Cuban medics' Nobel Prize nomination had divided Mzansi. Take a look at some of the tweets regarding the Cuban doctors below:
"If we’re nominating groups for Nobel Prizes - I have no opinion as to whether the Cuban brigade deserves it or not as I don’t know enough about them - I strongly feel we should also nominate @GiftoftheGivers. They are more than deserving."
"I get the Cuban medical staff doing incredible work on the continent during the pandemic but when will @GiftoftheGivers be nominated for a Nobel?! I mean they’re building hospitals in record time, building capacity in facilities, providing food & supplies."
"@PresidencyZA can we please nominate our own health workers for the Nobel Prize? Thank you."
"It was going so well, and then @PresidencyZA thanks the Cubans. In the ultimate insult to our local medical heroes."
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