The Mountain Club of South Africa would like to express its deepest sympathy to the Nepalese government and the people of Nepal in the wake of the disastrous earthquake, which took place on 25 April 2015. Our thoughts remain with the families of those who tragically lost their loved ones in this event, as well as those who continue to suffer in the aftermath of the natural disaster compounded by the earthquake’s aftershocks. We pray for them and hope that the survivors and indeed the country as a whole will be able to quickly recover from the shock and the destruction. We also pray for the many rescuers carrying help and relief to those affected by the earthquake, including a contingent of rescuers from South Africa.
Nepal is a country visited by many South African trekkers, climbers and tourists seeking more of a cultural experience. As members of the Mountain Club, Nepal is dear to us, while the people of Nepal have become our friends. This makes the loss of lives and the destruction of cultural heritage sites through this natural disaster so much more difficult for us to bear.