Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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4 May 2020
5:54 pm

Food parcel permits doom thousands to hunger

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Government's added red tape for those wanting to help the poor could mean thousands more go hungry, as the list of people needing help continues to grow due to the virus lockdown.

Residents of Olievenhoutbosch can be seen queuing to receive food parcels, 2 May 2020, Pretoria. Some residents claim to have been queuing since the previous day. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Government’s centralised food distribution plan for Covid-19 won’t reach the desperate families who need it on time, according to concerned non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The hurdles faced by people and organisations trying to distribute food directly to beneficiaries indicated an ill-advised attempt to centralise food parcel distribution channels, says Themba Masango, secretary general of Not in My Name. What government fails to appreciate, he says, is that community-based organisations are better positioned to manage the food relief efforts. “Our complaint in terms of the Covid-19 issues is that we were not happy with the statement issued on the 27th which indicates...