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NISSA coverage increases

The Minister of Social Development ’Matebatso Doti

Feb. 20, 2021 2 min read

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THE Ministry of Social Development has increased the National Information System for Social Assistance (NISSA) coverage to all 64 community councils and is expected to cover all urban councils by next month.

This was revealed by the Minister of Finance, Thabo Sophonea when presenting the 2021/22 budget estimates in Parliament on Wednesday.
He said the number of Child Grants Programme beneficiaries has been increased to 50 457 from 41 091 households and this translates to 151 371 children benefiting from the programme.
Mr Sophonea said the plan is to increase the number of households receiving child grant by 14 000 to bring the total to 64 457 and to further cover vulnerable urban households.
A week ago, the Minister of Social Development ’Matebatso Doti had shown that the European Union (EU) in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) contributed to 50 000 households caring for vulnerable children through the ministry in a bid to meet them half way due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said each household will receive M1 500 for three months, adding that the payment will be made together with the usual child grants.

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Mrs Doti said the contribution will further be extended to 6 000 households which did not receive the CGP grants for three months thus the overall will be M2 068.
The government she said also contributed to 12 721 households which are already receiving public assistance in cash from the ministry, adding that each household will receive M870 for a period of three months.

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