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Social Relief Programme to assist communities
​EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda visited one of
the City’s food distribution centres recently to ensure the
distribution of food parcels was moving smoothly.
MULTITUDES of vulnerable families in the City have received food hampers and food vouchers as part of eThekwini Municipality’s Social Relief Plan to alleviate socio economic challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative, which began on 8 May, provides food hampers and food vouchers to multitudes of needy households in each ward, covering all 110 wards of the Municipality.

Each beneficiary receives a food voucher worth R600, and to date the programme has reached most of the wards and is expected to be completed by 22 May. EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda visited the food distribution points to monitor the rolling out of the programme. “We have distributed food hampers and other wards are getting food vouchers. This is a huge programme and the Municipality has worked around the clock to reach many beneficiaries speedily,” said Mayor Kaunda.

An amount of R66 million has been set aside for this programme. Mayor Kaunda assured residents that a stringent process is in place to ensure accountability and oversight. He said the list of beneficiaries has been scrutinised by all relevant stakeholders to eliminate the duplication of government resources.

This will also ensure that support is provided to vulnerable communities. “Proper documentation of all the beneficiaries will be maintained, thereby guaranteeing that food hampers and vouchers are distributed to the right people,” said Mayor Kaunda. He also thanked Municipal staff and volunteers for their dedication in ensuring the distribution is done speedily and benefits those in dire need.

siphelele.buthelezi@durban.gov.za 
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