Social Development Dept proposes food voucher system

Instead of food parcels, the Social Development Department wants to hand out food vouchers to the poor. It says this will save government money and will give dignity to recipients because they will be able to buy food based on their own needs. eNCA’s Thuba Vilane has more.

DURBAN - Instead of food parcels, the Social Development Department wants to hand out food vouchers to the poor.

It says this will save the government money, and it will give dignity to recipients because they will be able to buy food based on their own needs.

READ: 58,000 households have received food parcels - Zulu

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said, "What is it that makes us think our people always need have that tin of baked beans and that tin of fish?"

"We have been giving this for many years. Can we also start looking at what else can we do differently? That can enhance nutrition and food?

Action is being taken after three organisations appointed by the KwaZulu-Natal government to distribute food failed to do so.

READ: Immigrants and those without ID face hunger in SA 

There were 88,000 legitimate requests, but only 1,000 food parcels were delivered.

It is hoped that using food vouchers will help avoid similar situations.

The government has recognised organisations for their hard work during the lockdown, but some NGOs feel they still need more support.

The COVID-19 pandemic had pushed more people into poverty as many lose their jobs.

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eNCA