“We have recognised that the food distribution capacity of government is not adequate to meet the huge need that has arisen since the start of the epidemic.
“The South African Social Security Agency – SASSA – will within days implement a technology-based solution to roll out food assistance at scale through vouchers and cash transfers to ensure that help reaches those who need it faster and more efficiently,” the President said.
Moreover, the Department of Social Development has partnered with the Solidarity Fund, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations to distribute 250 000 food parcels across the country over the next two weeks.
The President said government was deeply disturbed by reports of unscrupulous people abusing the distribution of food and other assistance for corrupt ends.
“We will not hesitate to ensure that those involved in such activities face the full might of the law,” President Ramaphosa said.
An additional funding of R20 billion will be made available to municipalities for the provision of emergency water supply, increased sanitisation of public transport and facilities, and providing food and shelter for the homeless.
The President said the nation-wide lockdown has had a negative impact on the revenue of municipalities at a time when the demands on them are increasing.