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Motsepe family pledges R1 bln towards fight against coronavirus

The Mostepe family made the announcement in an online briefing as the country enters its second day of a 21-day lockdown.

FILE: Patrice Motsepe. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Motsepe family and companies have pledged R1 billion towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.

The family made the announcement with Sanlam chief executive officer Ian Kirk.

The companies include the Motsepe Foundation, Sanlam, African Rainbow Capital and African Rainbow Minerals.

Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and his wife Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe made the announcement during a virtual media briefing on Saturday afternoon, as the country enters its second day of a 21-day lockdown.

South Africa has so far recorded 1,170 cases – that's more than any other country on the continent – and one death.

They said other donations will be in the form of hand sanitizer and other protective gear.

Moloi-Motsepe said the family is confident that South Africa will overcome the pandemic.