Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu says her Department is engaged in talks with Government and National Treasury to see if the special Covid-19 grants, allocated to needy South Africans over the past year, could be extended.

The Minister delivered her 2021/2022 Budget Vote in Parliament this week.

She spoke to ENCA and said the R350 covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant, in particular, reached millions of people across the country.

She says this grant came to an end in April.

Zulu says many South Africans desperately need the grants to survive.

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Business lobby-group, Business for South Africa (B4SA) says it has intensified its efforts – in collaboration with Government and other role-players – to boost the number of pensioners who have registered for their Covid-19 vaccine.

The group says it is concerned with the large numbers of pensioners who have not yet registered for their Covi-19 vaccination.

Convenor of B4SA, Cas Coovadia says only about 1.6-million of the country’s 5.4-million pensioners have registered for their injection.

Coovadia says it is especially important for pensioners, with underlying medical conditions, to get vaccinated before the winter season arrives.

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Deputy Tourism Minister, Fish Mahlalela has encouraged front-line employees in the tourism sector – who qualify for their Covid-19 vaccination under phase 2 of the country’s vaccination campaign – to go for their injection as soon as they can.

Mahlalela visited the Garden Route and Klein Karoo district-municipalities over the weekend, to engage with role-players on how to help the sector recover now, and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

He says this may also encourage overseas tourists to again visit the country.

 

He says other workers in the sector, would be vaccinated under phase 3 of the vaccination programme.

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