More than 200 doctors from Cuba arrived in South Africa to help fight corona virus.
The medics left on a plane that first carried a donation of South African medical supplies to the Caribbean island, its embassy in Pretoria said.
They are among 1,200 healthcare workers sent to battle Covid-19 in 22 countries that have requested help from the communist state.
South Africa is to begin easing strict lockdown restrictions next month.
More than 1.5 million people will be allowed to return to work, some schools will reopen, deliveries of hot food will be permitted and cigarettes will be back on sale.
Still in Foreign News, French police say they have seized 140,000 face masks destined for sale on the black market.
Officers say they caught a businessman unloading the masks from a lorry into a house in Saint Denis, north of Paris. Last month, France requisitioned all stocks and production of face masks to equip health workers