For The People

MEC LAUNCHES WINTER RELIEF PROGRAMME

The Northern Cape Provincial Department of Social Development has launched its three month long Winter Relief Campaign in Kimberley, to help alleviate the plight of the poor in the city. Poverty remains one of the key challenges experienced by most South Africans today, with rising food prices having put a burden on many poor households. The Department of Social Development launched the programme last week and is aimed at providing assistance to the most vulnerable sectors in communities throughout the province in the form of food, blankets and soup kitchens.

MEC for Social Development in the Province, father Gift van Staden says the programme is designed to provide temporary relief to all families and households that are facing hardships and are unable to meet their families’ basic needs. “As we have indicated within our budget vote, we have a programme which we call the SRD (Social Relief in Distress) and this programme becomes much more relevant during winter times because of the severe winter conditions.”

The initiative forms part of the bigger picture to eradicate poverty in the province. “During winter times we focus on the most vulnerable sectors of our communities. We try to focus on the children in the streets and we also focus on informal settlements. We just want to have a conversation with the people that is staying in the community so that we as government can ensure we reach out to them with the relevant services and also do some recommendations to some of the other departments and municipalities as to ensure we deliver services to the most vulnerable and needy,” said the MEC. The Winter Relief Programme will form part of the departments overall preparation for the cold winter months.

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