About 100,000 households nationwide have received food parcels since the national state of containment due to the Covid 19 pandemic began just over three weeks ago.
The Presidential Advisory Council, chaired by Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa himself led, heard at a virtual meeting on Saturday that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has set aside R480 million for food coupons and food parcels.
The advisory board, which consists of members of the Cabinet, premiers, executive mayors of metro authorities and the leadership of the South African Local Government Association, agreed that these efforts are urgently extended further.
Inputs were also made at the meeting in view of Monday’s important Cabinet meeting where the need for an economic restructuring plan – due to the influence of the Covid 19 pandemic – will be discussed.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan will also make an updated presentation at this meeting about the fate of the South African Airways (SAA) to the Cabinet.
The advisory board agreed that more economic activities would be allowed systematically at the end of the state of containment – which was extended by Ramaphosa last week until the end of this month -. Everything will depend on how much progress is being made in the fight against Covid-19.
According to a statement from the presidency, the meeting was unanimous that the impact of the pandemic on the South African economy will depend on the pace and extent of the interventions needed. This includes accelerating the implementation of identified structural reforms.
It was decided at the meeting that measures should be taken to ensure that households receive money. This will help increase economic activity in the medium term.
It was also agreed at the meeting that the campaign to deliver water to all communities would be stepped up nationwide. The communities that are in greatest need will be started.
Dr. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize made a presentation to the meeting about what is being done to stop the spread of this highly contagious and deadly virus, among other things.
This includes testing and locating people who have had contact with people who contracted the disease.