Limpopo centralises food distribution

The Limpopo provincial government says it's centralising the distribution of food parcels. The social development department and municipalities are now tasked with identifying, auditing, and verifying recipients. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo provincial government says it's centralising the distribution of food parcels.

The social development department and municipalities are now tasked with identifying, auditing, and verifying recipients.

Launching a food bank in the Sekhukhune District, Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha said this decision was due to allegations of some councillors helping themselves to food parcels.

The food bank is part of the province’s measures to help vulnerable communities during the lockdown.

Moving forward, the premier warns there will be strict control and distribution of food parcels to those who deserve them.

READ: Alex councillor accused of food parcel corruption

“There is a criteria that has already been determined. But we said for the purposes of this disaster, the conditions of the disaster, we will then take both the criteria that was used by the municipalities and harmonise it with the criteria that is used by the department of social development, so that at the end of the day we get something very workable, acceptable and something that will be easier and accessible to our people," said Mathabatha.

Meanwhile, the Limpopo provincial coronavirus command council will start discussing the possible introduction of Level 3 lockdown in some districts.

But Mathabatha warns that if a district is not ready, it will remain on Level 4.

“We are going to move into that category very, very cautiously, we are not just going to jump into it. Because this is the kind of activity, and the kind of act that you can not afford to say I will take a short cut, here you must just be detailed and meticulous," he said.

Mathabatha says they've started engaging with mining houses in the province, as they've seen a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases since work has resumed.

On Friday, Limpopo had 60 confirmed cases and 3 deaths.

- Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community.

Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp.

The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.

Source
eNCA