May 27, 2022

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Here’s how much has been paid out to flood victims in social relief of distress grants so far

South Africa’s Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Department for Social Development have paid out aid to more than 3,000 people affected by the floods that devastated parts of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal earlier this month.

< p>This is according to Health Secretary Joe Phaahla, who spoke Thursday during a cluster briefing of Social Protection, Community and Human Development ministers.

The Department, Sassa and other advocacy groups have also spent R370,000 on school uniforms donated to students who lost their belongings during the floods to ensure a smooth return to school.

Victims, some of whom are temporarily in community houses also receive psychosocial support for families whose homes have been washed away and who have lost loved ones.

“Social workers have already reached nearly 15,000 people to provide support services,” Phaahla said.

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The government has also received donations from citizens and non-governmental organizations for relief efforts.

” Some of these goods were stored in the Pietermaritzburg area and some in eThekwini. Many organizations, church members and congregations have also responded to the call and provided support in a variety of ways, including finance, food and hygiene items. The government has also received pledges and material support from embassies of different countries,” Phaahla said.

More than 2,000 people were affected in Alfred Nzo and OR Tambo districts in the Eastern Cape.

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