Covid-19 update: Pressure on for relief grants to be extended

Covid-19 update: Pressure on for relief grants to be extended

Calls are mounting for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress and Caregiver grants to be extended. Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories on the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.

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The pressure is on to extend the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress and Caregiver grants.

This comes as the national state of disaster is set to expire later this week, with no clear indication that the state will approve another extension.

Briefly.co.za explores the top stories on the pandemic in Mzansi:

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Pressure is mounting for the Covid-19 grants to be extended. Image: Flickr/ GCIS
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1. Calls mount for grant extension

Numerous individuals and organisations feel that the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress and Caregiver grant should be extended.

Some organisations even feel that the amount should be increased from R350 to R585, reports eNCA.

The Institute for Economic Justice warns discontinuation of this lifeline for many will lead to a crisis with Niel Coleman commenting:

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"Imagine that a grant of R350, for a month, has to get an unemployed person and their dependents through, it's unbelievable to imagine the struggles that people have. A caregiver's grant is R500."

Coleman pointed out that this small amount was introduced at a time when the government expected that the lockdown would be resolved a few months down the line, with the economy on the mend at this stage.

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africans with another update on the Covid-19 crisis in the country.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Monday evening, Mkhize commented on the latest number of infections:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 693 359 with 888 new cases identified since the last report."

On the latest number of fatalities, Mkhize confirmed that more citizens had lost their battle with the virus:

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"Regrettably, we report 83 more COVID-19 related deaths: 17 from Eastern Cape, 43 from the Free State, 2 from KwaZulu Natal, 11 from Gauteng, 3 in North West and 7 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 17 863."

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu had commented on the issues surrounding SASSA payments amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zulu explained that no new applications would be approved, but clarified that those who had been submitted during the correct timeframe would be considered.

The Minister said that citizens who had been rejected could appeal the outcome of their application.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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