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Skip Navigation LinksMedia Alert - WASTE COLLECTORS RECEIVE FOOD SUPPORT - 14 May 2020

Waste collectors received food support from Polokwane Municipality in partnership with the Limpopo Chinese Community Police Cooperation Center on Wednesday 13 May in Polokwane.

Other beneficiaries included domestic workers who lost their jobs during the lockdown and a differently-abled person.

The centre approached the municipality with intention to assist in the humanitarian fight to ensure that “we take care of the needy”. Briefing the media about the donation, Polokwane Executive Mayor Cllr Thembi Nkadimeng said the people making a living from the landfill sites are often not considered when beneficiaries are identified.  “We have three landfill sites within Polokwane Municipality. The people collecting waste from those sites are currently not working because of the lockdown.

“There are 172 beneficiaries in the City area, 29 in Mankweng and 17 in Moletjie Ga-Makgakga.” On top of that number of litter pickers, the municipality added a list of domestic workers. “The municipality’s Special Focus office is responsible for, amongst others, women, children and special cases. The office identified 32 domestic workers who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The first lady of the province, through her domestic worker group, submitted 15 of those beneficiaries to bring the number of domestic worker to 47,” said the Executive Mayor.

Two families whose houses burnt over the past days and a differently-abled man also benefitted from the programme. “Initially, the man should be getting a disability grant from SASSA but that is not the case with him. He is still not yet registered for SASSA grant and for that reason, the municipality reckoned it was important to assist him,” she concluded.

Polokwane Municipality continues, through its social partners and stakeholders, to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of the needy in the fight against COVID-19.


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