Old-age pensioners struggle under the new normal
Old-age pensioners struggle to adapt to the new normal when it comes to pension pay-outs. Ever since the lockdown started, most pensioners have been receiving their grants in supermarkets and banks.
Philisiwe Zungu, a 65 year old grandmother who is diabetic, said that she was terrified when she heard that elders with underlying diseases are at high risk of contracting the virus.
Zungu lives with her grandchildren who are also depending on her pension money.
“On the first month of the lockdown, I did not receive my pension on the first day as there was a long queue at the bank. I had to do groceries on the same day, which made things difficult. As I approached the bank, things got blurry as I get hungry easily due to diabetes,” she said.
She said that for the past two months, she has been collecting her pension on the second day to avoid the repeat of what happened in March.
However, in some supermarkets the elders do not stand long queues, they let them in so that they can go back home early and be protected. Some suffer from high blood pressure which makes it difficult to wear masks for a long time as they become suffocated.