Gift of the Givers to help negotiate McGown's release

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Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, CEO of Gift of the Givers Foundation speaks about the death of Pierre Korkie at a press conference on Saturday 6 December 2014 in Johannesburg.

TIMBUKTU –Non-profit organisation, Gift of the Givers is to help negotiate the release of South African man Stephen McGown who&39;s been held hostage for three years by Al-Qaeda militants in Mali. 

The organisation&39;s Imtiaz Sooliman says he has been talking to the government about the issue since 2014, saying it is aware of his organisation&39;s efforts. 

Al-Qaeda&39;s holding the South African captive in Mali, after kidnapping him in 2011.

A video of McGown pleading for the government to help secure his release, surfaced last week.

In it, he was sitting alongside a Swedish national, and they both appeared to be in good health.

For an interview with Gift of the Givers Imtiaz Sooliman, watch the video above.