A message from HE Lulama Smuts Ngonyama, SA Ambassador to Japan

“At a distance, we can see the spirit of Ubuntu rising from South Africa. Let us continue to join hands.”

South Africa’s ambassador to Japan, HE Lulama Smuts Ngonyama, has urged citizens to abide to lock down regulations, maintain social distancing and adhere to other health protocols.

In a recorded message, Ngonyama said the situation in Japan is not unlike that in South Africa.

The Japanese government declared a state of emergency of April 7, with Tokyo becoming the epicentre of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the country.

“The government called for people to work from home where it is possible and schools closed from mid February. Non-essential businesses remain closed; celebrations and functions were cancelled; social distancing and wearing of masks were further encouraged.” Ngonyama said.

“I humbly wish to inform you that Japan, being the third biggest economy of the world, is also facing the frustrations and sufferings caused by the Coronavirus. I’d like you to persuade you to maintain social distance as called out by [President Cyril Ramaphosa].”