Rescue South Africa Honoured for its bravery
JAPANESE AMBASSADOR AWARDS AN HONOUR TO RESCUE SOUTH AFRICA IN RECOGNITION OF ITS BRAVE RESCUE OPERATION
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11th March 2011 devastated the communities on the north east coastline of Japan, claiming more than 20,000 lives. Following the disaster, South Africa dispatched the 45 member ‘Rescue South Africa ’team to Miyagi prefecture.Their dedicated work under severe conditions was highly appreciated in Japan and their effort has become a symbol of friendship and solidarity between the peoples of our two nations.
The Japanese people were encouraged at a time of need and wish to express their gratitude. The Government of Japan has decided to present Rescue South Africa with an official certificate of commendation and appreciation. The Ambassador of Japan to South Africa, Mr. Toshiro Ozawa, together with leaders of the Japanese community in South Africa presented the certificate to Rescue South Africa 20 th July 2011.
On this occasion, a tree planting ceremony was also held on the premises. Japanese cherry blossom trees were planted
by Mr. Ian Scher, Chief Executive Officer of Rescue South Africa, Ambassador Toshiro Ozawa and Ambassador Gert Grobler, Ambassador of South Africa to Japan.
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