The food distribution process remains the one intervention during lockdown that highlighted systemic and systematic challenges in local government. This article does not question the rationale behind the provision of food parcels to those who needed food the most during the lockdown – this was a proactive response from government[…]
Ocean View was established in 1968 as a township for coloured people who had been forcibly removed from so-called ‘white areas’ by the apartheid government under the Group Areas Act. Ocean View is home to a tight-knit community that has been rocked by sporadic incidents of gang violence. But with[…]
Government’s attempts to feed the poor and vulnerable during the extended lockdown are being hampered as opportunists – mainly local councillors – allegedly divert the aid to themselves and their supporters, and, in some instances, sell them on. In some parts of the country, councillors have been accused of demanding[…]
The access to food availability for poor and working-class communities has come into the spotlight since the start of government’s lockdown, aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa. The financial burden of people not being able to work during this period, added to the existing state[…]
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has clarified who qualifies for food parcels during the national lockdown to dispel fake news doing the rounds. Sassa says in a statement that food parcels are provided as temporary relief for those who cannot meet their family’s most basic needs. Those who[…]
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