South African tycoon gives $1m to fight Ebola

28th October 2014, Comments 0 comments

South African mining tycoon Patrice Motsepe has donated $1 million (784,000 euros) to the Ebola Fund to help fight the disease that has killed nearly 4,900 people, his firm said on Tuesday.

"The donation will assist Guinea with clinical management, social mobilisation, medical coordination and other key mechanisms of controlling the disease," African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) said in a statement.

Most of the deaths have occurred in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The billionaire businessman urged African business to contribute in the fight against the epidemic, calling it "a global issue.

"ARM has interests in platinum, copper and coal mining.

In 2012 Motsepe made the Forbes billionaire list, making him the first black South African to reach the mark.


© 2014 AFP

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