South Africa: The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has a mandate which includes the protection of civilians, especially women and children. In line with this mandate, On February 17, 2023, the Republic of South Africa Quick Reaction Force I deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Beni, Mavivi Village, deemed it fit to engage with the local population through a Civil-Military Cooperation project at the Republic of South Africa Quick Reaction Force Base.
The day was blessed with 20 school children from various primary schools in Mavivi, who were accompanied by their teachers and the local Chief’s representative. The purpose of the day was to donate school uniforms, shoes, and stationery to various learners aged between 6 to 13 years old.
It is important to improve the lives of children, as they are the future of this country and to show them love and support, which will give them hope for a brighter future.
The event brought a jovial mood to the children and the members of the Republic of South Africa Quick Reaction Force as they enjoyed the fun activities that were planned for the day. Chaplain D.G. Kgwadi blessed the day with a scripture reading and prayer, Scout P.F Mabaso gave the purpose of the day, and the members of the Republic of South Africa Quick Reaction Force handed over the gifts to the school children. Mr Beinfati Musofu from the local Chief’s office gave a vote of thanks.
He further congratulated the members of the Republic of South Africa Quick Reaction Force for thinking about the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and making a difference in the lives of the children, as education is key to a brighter future for this country.
Permission was granted for scholars’ photographs to be taken during the South Africa Quick Reaction Force I deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Beni, Mavivi Village activities and gave consent for their publication on the SA National Defence Force Social Media Platforms.