Speech by Minister of Social Improvement, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, MP throughout the Digital Media Briefing on alert Degree Four of the Threat-Adjusted Technique
Programme Director and Appearing DG for Social Improvement, Mr Linton Mchunu;
Deputy Minister of Social Improvement, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu;
CEO of SASSA, Ms Totsie Memela-Khambula;
CEO of NDA, Ms Thamo Mzobe;
Members of the media,
As you might be conscious, all of South Africa is underneath stage Four of the Threat-Adjusted Technique for 14 days because of a resurgence of COVID-19 infections from the virus over the previous few weeks. What’s now clear is that we have to do extra collectively as a nation to deliver the brand new and extra transmissible Delta variant underneath management whereas Authorities is rolling out the mass vaccination programme throughout the nation. Now greater than ever, we should pull collectively and resist the temptation to let our guard down.
As a Portfolio, our most instant response is to cushion the financial impression of the pandemic and to forestall individuals’s state of affairs from getting worse by intervening earlier and offering acceptable and well timed providers. On this regard, we’ve got once more activated our alert stage response measures to deal successfully with the anticipated elevated demand for our providers, as beforehand skilled underneath the identical alert stage final yr. We welcome the restrictions on alcohol gross sales underneath the adjusted stage 4, given its contribution to the rise in trauma instances and extra burden it locations on our hospitals within the midst of the pandemic.
When the nation was at Degree Four and 5 respectively, noticed a drastic lower in Gender Primarily based Violence and Femicide instances throughout the nation. This may be attributed to the restricted or non-sale of alcohol, which is probably the most extensively used psycho-active substance within the nation, particularly amongst our younger individuals.
About 58% of deaths on our roads are attributed to alcohol. The per capita consumption of alcohol in our nation is about 90% and this ranks within the prime 20 per capita alcohol consumption worldwide. These statistics ought to shock us as a rustic – because it clearly signifies that we’ve got an issue with alcohol abuse and there’s a direct correlation between this and the rising numbers of GBVF – which the President Ramaphosa labelled as a second pandemic after COVID-19.
We due to this fact name upon South Africans to be extra accountable within the method wherein we eat alcohol given its critical penalties. We additionally encourage residents to report GBVF incidents to our 24/7 Gender Primarily based Violence Command Centre on 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV). Residents might alternatively, request a social employee from the command centre by dialing *120* 7867# without cost from any cellphone or sending an SMS to 31531. We’ll quickly challenge instructions when it comes to Part 27(2) of the Catastrophe Administration Act 57 of 2002; which particulars measures to comprise the unfold of the virus from a social service perspective underneath adjusted alert stage 4.
Neighborhood Vitamin And Improvement Centres (CNDCS);
One space that’s prone to expertise elevated demand is meals for susceptible households. All of our 250 Neighborhood Vitamin and Improvement Centres (CNDCs) throughout the nation will stay open to supply the much-needed aid, however this will likely be underneath strict COVID-19 laws compliance and will likely be restricted to take-away meals solely.
We’ve additionally tailored our operations to new and progressive ways in which embody knock-and-drop strategy of cooked meals to minimise the well being dangers of these aged 60+. Our CNDCs help with meals storage and distribution to poor households, and are additionally a part of neighborhood pushed Meals and Vitamin Safety Programmes, which enhance entry to meals safety to susceptible and deprived communities, particularly at the moment of want. All CNDCs have amended their operations to make sure precautions that prioritise the well being and security of recipients and workers who’re on the frontlines of our efforts. It is very important stress that these measures aren’t any substitute to different COVID-19 protocols as beneficiaries have equal accountability by persevering with to comply with the rules which embody; the – common sanitising and washing of palms, sporting of a masks that covers each mouth and face, and sustaining a distance from others always.
On a associated matter, we’ll proceed utilising a hybrid mannequin of offering meals parcels, that’s money, meals parcels and vouchers all through the 9 provinces and thru SASSA’s Social Reduction of Misery (SRD) programme for eligible households in misery. As soon as once more, we specific our gratitude to people, organisations, together with the faith-based sector and the non-public sector that proceed to make meals donation to our centres guaranteeing that people and households don’t go to mattress hungry. We’re aware that the economic system is taking critical pressure at the moment and households could also be distressed and we urge all residents to proceed supporting these most in want. Allow us to not tire in doing good.
Registration of non-profit organisations (NPOs)
All in-person NPO providers are suspended and we’re encouraging residents to utilize the DSD on-line platform: www.npo.gov.za for NPO registrations and submission of annual studies. We reiterate our name for NPOs to make sure that they continue to be compliant with the NPO Act to keep away from being de-registered. We additional want to guarantee all NPO candidates that their short-term certificates will likely be issued to them through e-mail while the unique certificates will likely be supplied at a later stage.
Switch funds to NPOs
Our provincial departments are making progress with the switch of funds to NPOs whose efforts are extra essential than ever throughout this pandemic. Nevertheless, we’re aware that some provinces are experiencing delays attributed to system modifications, delays in finalisation of Service Degree Agreements and human useful resource shortages, amongst others. I’ve directed all Provincial Departments to make sure that they transfer with larger pace in processing these subsidies. We take this chance to name upon the NPO sector to adjust to all accountability necessities, together with well timed submission of progress studies as required by legislation.
Within the face of the simply transmissible variants of the virus, we have to stay alert to make sure we shield these most in danger. Visits to residential amenities for older individuals, care amenities and different ‘congregant settings’ are due to this fact prohibited throughout the present alert stage. Recognising the psychological and emotional toll this may need on our senior residents, their households and associates, we attraction for understanding and urge households and associates to constantly keep up a correspondence by way of phone and video calls in addition to make use of recent methods of connecting with our family members through digital platforms.
We’re taking these further steps to help the well being and security of our senior residents and workers at our amenities. We’re happy that the majority older individuals in our residential amenities are actually vaccinated. As at 23 June, 3,5 million older individuals have registered for vaccination because the starting of Part 2 of the Mass Vaccination Programme.
We’re working collectively with the Division of Well being, the Medical Analysis Council, neighborhood and faith-based organisations, neighborhood well being staff and neighborhood care givers to take care of the momentum to make sure older individuals, notably probably the most susceptible amongst them, have entry to COVID-19 vaccination. We do that by offering info, deal with vaccine hesitancy and help with the registration course of and transportation to vaccine websites, amongst others.
We’re happy that some provinces are working drop-in vaccination websites whereby older individuals can get vaccinated with out an appointment. To help these measures, we’ve got deployed our social service professionals – social staff and neighborhood growth practitioners, throughout the nation who stand prepared to help to make sure nobody is left behind. They are going to be strategically deployed to focus on and register older individuals for vaccination at locations comparable to shopping center, submit workplace and pension pay-out factors once they accumulate their social grants funds at retail shops, service factors and entry factors. On this notice, I need to make a direct private attraction to all our senior residents who haven’t but been vaccinated: NOW IS THE TIME TO GET VACCINATED! THE VACCINES ARE SAFE AND A BETTER WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF!!
Early Childhood Improvement Centres (ECDs)
Below the present alert stage, all ECDs stay open and in full operation in compliance with all COVID-19 protocols and tips as beforehand supplied to the sector. Our Provincial Departments will even proceed to pay full subsidy to ECD programmes. We’re conscious that we didn’t full fee by way of the stimulus package deal to all qualifying candidates on the finish of March 2021. To this finish, all Provincial Departments have utilized for the rollover of funds as per the funds course of. Let me take this chance to guarantee all qualifying ECD providers that they are going to undoubtedly obtain their funds. Provincial Treasuries are seized with this matter and we count on fee to be made inside the subsequent few weeks upon receipt of the affirmation letters from Provincial Treasuries
We’ve given a second probability to allow these ECD providers that captured their particulars incorrectly throughout the first leg to make corrections. On this regard, we’re happy to announce that we’ve got opened the system once more for all ECD providers and practitioners who’ve acquired textual content messages to right their info and we attraction to them to take action as urgently as potential as this won’t be open for a protracted interval. This may help in quick monitoring all of the excellent purposes and verification course of to be run and funds accordingly executed. This may be executed by way of accessing the web site www.ecd.gov.za.
Nonetheless on this matter, I want to inform the sector and members of the general public that the Presidential proclamation on the switch of ECD operate from the Division of Social Improvement to Fundamental Training was printed yesterday, 1 July 2021. Our joint groups are laborious at work to iron out all excellent issues to make sure a clean transition.
Women and Gents, with the roll out of Part 2 of the Mass Vaccination Programme now absolutely underway, we’re at a sophisticated stage in negotiations with the Division of Well being to make sure the inclusion of the social sector’s frontline staff within the precedence teams for vaccination. These embody women and men who proceed to supply providers to susceptible teams and serve our nation as social service professionals, ECD practitioners and SASSA workers within the frontline. Additional bulletins will likely be made within the coming days on this regard.
Nationwide Improvement Company;
The NDA stays dedicated to offering providers to the Civil Society Organisations and this will likely be executed in keeping with adjusted alert Degree Four laws, which shield each workers and stakeholders. All bodily coaching for CSOs will likely be suspended for the following 14 days, nevertheless, all NDA workplaces may be accessed on each the nationwide and provincial phone numbers and on the web site: www.nda.org.za, alternatively name the nationwide workplace quantity on 011 018-5500.
On condition that social grants are a lifeline for a lot of susceptible people and households, notably throughout these tough instances, our goal is to make sure that there aren’t any disruptions in providers that SASSA renders. All through the COVID-19 response we confirmed our capability to reply shortly and successfully to new ranges of demand. We’ve launched quite a few vital improvements that we now have a possibility to construct on as we try to enhance shopper expertise and meet present demand.
On this regard, we’ll proceed with the staggered funds of grants, with the primary fee date reserved for older individuals, adopted by incapacity grants and the fee of all youngster grants. This month, funds of social grants will begin on Tuesday 6 July. As soon as once more, we attraction to all grant recipients that they don’t want to gather their grants on the day it turns into out there, however can accumulate their grants on any day as their monies will stay of their accounts and won’t be taken away from them.
Whereas all SASSA workplaces will stay open, they are going to function with a lowered workers complement as per the DPSA Round. Functions for social grants in any respect Native workplaces will likely be staggered in response to grant sort, for example Mondays will likely be for older individuals, Tuesdays for incapacity grants, Wednesdays and Thursdays for youngster grant purposes, and Fridays for appointments and spill over from the week.
A few of the modifications had been made throughout our response to COVID-19 and allow us to fast-track digitisation of our providers. These embody the net reserving system for incapacity grants, which has considerably lower down on the period of time and prices for each SASSA and grants candidates. We take nice satisfaction with the numerous progress we’ve got registered because the launch of the net reserving system in April this yr. We due to this fact want to encourage incapacity grant candidates to utilize the SASSA on-line reserving system which may be accessed by way of the company’s web site on www.sassa.gov.za. This may enable candidates to e-book evaluation dates for the incapacity assessments. Our workers at SASSA workplaces also can help shoppers with this technique to make sure that they keep away from repeated visits to native workplaces.
Our name centre stays useful. Nevertheless, we’re interesting to residents to not report back to the decision centre in individual however relatively to lodge their queries by cellphone on 0800 60 10 11 or by way of e-mail at [email protected]
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