The Germany government has sent four chartered aircraft to Cape Town to collect citizens from a cruise ship in dock in the city, after returning from Namibia’s Walvis Bay.
The ship is mainly carrying German and Austrian nationals with a total of 1,243 Germans among the 1,750 passengers and crew.
Passengers and crew members were trapped on the MV Aidamira for four days while six passengers awaited the results of Covid-19 tests.
The ship’s quarantine was lifted on Wednesday after the six passengers who were taken off the ship tested negative.
On Friday, Transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, revealed that the German government had sent four empty planes to collect passengers and fly them home.