Providing social relief of distress to the most vulnerable amid covid-19 crisis
The COVID 19 pandemic has thrown families and individuals into complete disarray exposing child headed families into the worst and harshest realities of life. The result is that child headed families in particular are driven into a state of distress which means the demand for Social Relief of distress increases exponentially.
As part of the department’s plans for this financial year, more and more families are guaranteed to benefit from the Social Relief of Distress progamme. This is a temporary provision of assistance intended for persons in dire material need that they are unable to meet their families’ most basic needs.
One the families who benefitted from this programme is a child-headed household at Ka-Hhoyi Village in the Nkomazi Local Municipality, where two Singwane orphaned siblings received groceries and are also to receive full school uniform from the department. The groceries were handed-over by MEC Ms Lindiwe Ntshalintshali on Monday, 30 August 2021, as part of her and the department’s support to the Minister of Social Development Ms Lindiwe Zulu’s programme of officiating the handover of two houses in the area with one being that of the Singwane siblings.
More information on the services rendered by the department can be obtained on the following link. https://www.dsdmpu.gov.za/Programmes.html