Ramaphosa extends special Covid-19 grant
Special Covid-19 grant to be extended by a further 3 months, announced President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday.
Ramaphosa announced this at the joint sitting of parliament on South Africa’s economic reconstruction and recovery plan address.
“The special Covid-19 grant in particular represents a significant achievement, reaching more than 6 million unemployed people in a short space of time,” said Ramaphosa.
The President went on to speak about ways they are trying to help support society.
“We need to do everything in our means to provide support to those in society who continue to face hunger and distress. We will therefore be extending the special Covid-19 Grant by a further 3 months,” he said.
Lungile Cele, a special grant beneficiary is relieved that their monies will keep coming in for an additional 3 months.
“I am very happy because a lot of us are depending on that money. I lost my job during lockdown so providing for my family has become difficult, these extra 3 months will help as I continue looking for a job,” Cele said.
She went on to say “the money is not much it doesn’t cover all our needs but it does help especially since my husband is the only person working.”
Nolwazi Mahlaba has lost hope in the grant as it has not yielded anything for her.
“I only received money in July, August and September I did not receive anything after that, yet the money was confirmed that it would enter but it didn’t. For the next 3 months I didn’t know what to expect because I don’t even know if I will receive the money or not,” she said.