Social Development welcomes social grant increase

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Deputy Minister of Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu. Photo Supplied.

The Deputy Minister of Social Development, Hendrietta  Bogopane-Zulu, has welcomed the increase in social grant assistance announced by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, yesterday in his budget speech.

She says the additional money will greatly help the unprivileged.

“We welcome the increase because our intention is to educate our people to use the grant responsibly, and acknowledging that due to the drought food prices have gone up, and we hope it will go a long way in mitigating the challenges faced by our poor people”.

Meanwhile, doubts surrounding the department’s ability to distribute these grants after the Cash Paymaster Services’ contract expires next month, persist.

Katleho Morapela/ Courant News

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