01 April 2017 | Media Statement
Government is pleased to announce that social grants payments are underway across the country for beneficiaries who receive their grants through ATMs and Merchants. At 10 am, 2, 6 million beneficiaries had already accessed their grants.
The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, MECs, local government leaders and various SASSA officials are on the ground countrywide responding to queries and monitoring the payments.
By Phaladi Seakgwe
The SASSA call centre will be operational during the weekend of 01 – 02 April 2017 to take enquiries from beneficiaries of social grants should they experience any challenges regarding their grants during this weekend. The decision was taken following the panic and uncertainty created over the media whether social grants will be paid on 01 April and beyond as well as how.
20 October 2017 | Media advisory
The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, will on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, take Project Mikondzo to rural communities of Lusikisiki and Mbizana respectively.
Project Mikondzo is a service delivery tool aimed at improving the living conditions of rural and poor communities in an integrated manner by bringing social development services.
Earlier this year, the communities around Lusikisiki told President Jacob Zuma that they could not afford to buy school uniform for their children. Minister Dlamini committed to providing school uniform to poor and deserving pupils. Eight Hundred and Thirty Nine (839) learners were identified and they will receive their school uniform.
Last week, the Department of Social Development held dialogues with the community of Nkantolo in Mbizana where the struggle and liberation leader OR Tambo was born. The community revealed that many people in the area were unemployed and survived on social grants and temporary road works projects.
Residents also cited their challenges were not limited to abject poverty but a lack of proper infrastructure, water and health care facilities were a grave concern. They said they were desperate for decent housing as they lived in mud houses. They appealed to the Department to build Early Childhood Development Centres for their children.
Minister Dlamini's visit forms part of the centenary celebrations to honour OR Tambo who was born in Nkantolo. October is also Social Development Month.
Members of the media are invited to attend and cover Lusikisiki and Mbizana events arranged as follows:
Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017
Venue: Lusikisiki College – Eastern Cape Province
Date: Sunday, 22 October 2017
Venue: Nkantolo Village in Bizana – Eastern Cape Province
Issued by The National Department of Social Development
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18 October 2017 | Media Statement