Solidarity fund targets R4bn as state pays an extra R2.4bn in benefits

Solidarity fund targets R4bn as state pays an extra R2.4bn in benefits

- The Solidarity Fund has already raised R2.6 billion, but is targeting the R4 billion mark

- Government has also confirmed that a further R2.4 billion in benefits will be paid out to South African and foreign national workers

- Based on an online poll, more and more South Africans have been forced to beg for money or food during the lockdown

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Every cloud has a silver lining and South Africans will be leaning on this belief during the challenging lockdown period.

Briefly.co.za conducted an online poll and the results were quite an eye-opener.

We asked South Africans whether they've had to or know someone who has had to beg for food or money during the nationwide lockdown.

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A startling 64% of readers indicated that they've experienced begging over the last few weeks.

However, two bits of positive news have recently been shared and could hopefully offer some light at the end of the tunnel.

Briefly.co.za learnt that The Solidarity Fund has already accumulated a whopping R2.6 billion in funds and has a target set at R4bn.

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The bulk of the funds are going towards obtaining medical supplies and food items.

Fin 24 reported that government will be paying a further R2.4 billion this week from the Temporary Employer / Employee Relief Scheme (TERS).

The funds will be distributed between 29 000 employers and those set to benefit will include South African and foreign national workers.

Due to several issues, documented and legally employed foreign nationals were prevented from accessing Covid-19 benefits, but those have since been resolved.

Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that mayors and councillors in all of the country's 257 municipalities will contribute their 4% salary increases to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund.

The contribution will last for 3 months.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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