Ready for the unemployed relief grant
Some of the unemployed youngsters might lose out on the first payment of R350.00 of the social relief distress, amidst the Coronavirus lockdown scourge. They are still in the dark as to where and how to apply for the grant. Unfortunately, there are no back pays should anyone skip the month.
“We don’t have cellphones and information comes to us in dribs and drabs,” laments Nkosinathi Mazibuko. He and friends make ends meet by touting passengers and washing taxis near Greenvillage clinic along Azalia Road.
They are desperately in need of that money. “It will help us with taxi fares to the city to look for jobs. The money we make washing taxis is not enough; we are many and the taxis are few,” grumbles Kulani Baloyi.
Indeed some do take addictive substances. “Irrespective of that, we need to eat and look out for our families,” justifies Nkosinathi. One of the lads interjects: “I can’t always depend on my grandmother’s pension even for a taxi fare to go to the city to look for a job.”
Ward 53 councilor, Theo Dlamini, says they are waiting for a go-ahead from the Social Development ministry. “As soon as the ministry has advised on how to register the people, we will help,” assures Councilor Dlamini.
Unemployed people without a source of income will receive R350.00 monthly from May until October. This is in accordance with the Social Assistant Act of 2004. Qualifying individuals should be South African citizens, permanent residents, or refugees registered on the home affairs system and residing in South Africa, above 18 years old, have banking details.