Jakarta: ?The “new normal" during the Covid-19 pandemic period did not stop Indonesians in the accreditation area of the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria to keep the friendship and brotherhood.
The Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria organized a virtual gathering event led by the Indonesian Ambassador in Pretoria Salman Al Farisi in celebration of the Eid al-Fitr 1441H.
The event was graced by the preaching from Al Ustad Mhd. Jabbal Alamsyah Nasution, Director of the Mawarith Study Center, Darussalam Gontor University, East Java, which discussed the blessings of friendship and brotherhood.
The event was joined by Indonesian citizens living in South Africa and three other accreditation countries of Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.
"I wish we can take the wisdom of this pandemic period by carrying out Ramadan prayers in more solemn manner at homes. Under all the challenges, I also hope that we all continue to work and perform our duties at best. God willing, with good intentions and effort, we will be more productive and continue to benefit the community", said the Indonesian Ambassador in Pretoria during virtual gathering with Indonesian citizens on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
During the outbreak, the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria remained present to carry out the duties of the Indonesian Mission abroad by carefully observing the local situation and conditions.
Related to this, the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria has facilitated the repatriation of 27 Indonesian citizens from South Africa to return to Indonesia and distributed basic needs assistance to residents in the accreditation area.
In the economic sector, the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria continue to perform the duties to minimize the impact of the pandemic to the country.
Indonesian Missions abroad continue to support the business sectors, including SOEs, to continue expanding into Sub-Saharan Africa through, among other, providing information and supporting data.
South Africa has implemented a strict national lockdown from March 26, 2020 and continues to be evaluated and gradually relaxed.
Approximately 500 Indonesians living in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini are students, housewives and professional workers. Based on the monitoring of the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria and the Indonesian Consulate General in Cape Town, to date, all Indonesian citizens have been observed in good health without any positive covid-19 reports. Monitoring is carried out by the Indonesian Missions on a regular basis and communication with citizens is carried out through various platforms including social media.