21 August 2017
The South African Government is saddened by the loss of life suffered when 13 people were killed and 49 injured (at least seven very seriously, including two children) when a tree collapsed on participants attending the Festa de Nossa Senhora do Monte religious festival in Madeira on 15 August 2017.
The South African Government extends its sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives and wishes the injured a speedy and full recovery.
The Department has confirmed with the Honorary Consulate in Madeira that no South Africans have been directly affected by the tragic event.
South Africa and Portugal have deep-seated historical ties with a large Portuguese community living in South Africa, many who have emigrated from Madeira to South Africa.
Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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