Premier David Makhura outlined that almost half a million people in more than 82 000 households in Gauteng have been provided with food. He highlighted this during a weekly briefing by the Gauteng Coronavirus Command Council on Thursday.
“Since the lockdown, 82 727 households have been provided with food relief, supporting a total of 413 635 people (at least 5 people per household),” said Makhura.
The lockdown has left many people stranded at home since only those offering essential services were allowed to earn an income.After the country downgraded to level four of lockdown, more employees were allowed to go back to work.
Meanwhile many people including breadwinners are still stranded at homes and are dependent on the government for relief. Makhura appealed to NGOs and businesses to help support families in need of relief.
“We continue to call for more support from business, foundations and civil society initiatives on food relief” said Makhura.
He also stressed that this would need to be coordinated to avoid a situation in which large numbers of people gathered for food.
“However, such initiatives must be coordinated with government and the distribution should avoid breaching social distancing regulations,” said Makhura.
Makhura further said the provincial government was in the process of piloting e-vouchers for disadvantaged families.
“We are also piloting e-Voucher for food relief so that there is dignity and choice on the part of the beneficiaries,”said Makhura.