Organisations advocating for the adequate nutritional needs of children have cautiously welcomed the move from President Cyril Ramaphosa to increase social and economic relief for the next six months.
Limpopo – Gogo Maria Lebepe (67) said she should be resting at home looking after her grandchildren but instead she is being sent from pillar to post by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) as a mix-up with her ID drags on.
Despite the Gauteng Social Development Department’s commitment to settle outstanding grants to a number of aid organisations taking care of the province’s vulnerable groups, requirements for these grants have been heavily criticised.
While it takes 30 working days for a foster care grant to be processed, checked and either approved or refused, the system has failed four orphan children from rural Tzaneen for well over a year.
It’s Valentine’s Day, but after years of abuse Jade is trying to make a life for herself and her four kids without a man. Meanwhile researchers puzzle about how to ensure that shelters – a crucial safe space in the fight against gender-based violence – are properly funded.
Several homes for vulnerable children in Alexandra and the surrounding areas are begging the Department of Social Development to pay them the temporary safety care grant money they are entitled to.