Minister Lindiwe Zulu unpacks Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown implications on social development
Wed, 25 March 2020
Statement by the Minister of the Department of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, MP during the JCPS cluster media briefing
The JCPS cluster is a supporting structure to Social Development. The Decisions they make have a direct impact to the Department which includes amongst others, courts and all the structures that support the courts, police services and all the structures that support COVID – 19 as well as Defence and all the deployments. The suspension of the different rights in line with the Disaster Act as previously declared by Justice, the regulations as prescribed in terms of COVID-19.
1. Social grant payments through bank ATMs and retail outlets
Confirmation was received from Banking Association of South Africa (BASA) that banks are ready for the payment cycle. ATMs will be restocked in time for the payment cycle which starts on 30 March.
Banks will also carry messaging reminding customers of priority for older persons and persons with disability.
Retail outlets have confirmed readiness. List of high volume stores just received and will be shared with NATJOC to assist SANDF and SAPS with support planning. Retailers confirmed their own containment measures:
2. Social grant payments at cash pay points
3. Call Centre
4. Social relief of distress
5. Transport for beneficiaries
This should not be a SASSA responsibility. Matter to be discussed at ProvJocs and Department of Transport also to come in with solutions. Lack of public transport may severely affect beneficiaries’ ability to get to points to access their grants.
6. Repetitive communication
The following matters bear repeating, so that all citizens may heed the call:
  1. Grants for older persons and disability grants increase to R1 860
  2. Grants for war veterans and older persons older than 75 years increase to R1 880
  3. Foster child grants increase to R1 040 per child
  4. Care dependency grants increase to R1 860
  5. Child support grants increase to R440 per child
The JCPS deployment strategy should take into consideration Social Development compliance protocols.
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