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The City of Cape Town’s Council has approved the 2020/21 Budget, which kicks in from 1 July 2020. Materially changed since the draft two months ago, it shows a total COVID-19 Budget impact of R3,8 billion, including more than R900 million of additional COVID-19 expenditure and a funding requirement of R2,1 billion largely due to the crisis. Much focus is on helping residents and businesses while making sure the City is able to continue to deliver services and boosting the local economy with more than R900 million to aid in Cape Town’s recovery.
- The COVID-19 outbreak is leading to a sharp economic contraction and significant financing needs in South Africa.
- The IMF approved US$4.3 billion in emergency financial assistance under the Rapid Financing Instrument to support the authorities’ efforts in addressing the challenging health situation and severe economic impact of the COVID-19 shock.
- Once the pandemic is behind, there is a pressing need to ensure debt sustainability and implement structural reforms to support the recovery and achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.
We are operating with reduced services and communication channels as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and national lockdown. Learn more about methods of prevention and information about the virus to keep you and your family safe.
From July, the City will allocate more than R13 billion towards Cape Town’s COVID-19 assistance and economic recovery. During the nationally mandated hard lockdown periods in April and May, we did our best to protect livelihoods where we could by ensuring that our suppliers, many of whom are small, and medium businesses, were paid within 30 days. To date, approximately R4,1 billion has been paid to suppliers within 30 days. Fast payments to suppliers are crucial and we have maintained our high payment rate of 97% payments done within a month. We have also issued tenders and purchase orders worth approximately R6,25 billion to businesses to help our service delivery mandate.
It is a tough time for everyone. South Africa’s economy has been pushed to the brink, and we are facing many unknowns. The City thus continues to look at what financial relief options it can offer and how it can help to boost the economy and preserve livelihoods within its means, and without placing too great a burden on residents and ratepayers.
Applications for the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant are only electronic. DO NOT VISIT SASSA OFFICES TO APPLY FOR THIS GRANT. If you need assistance to apply, SASSA staff and appointed volunteers can assist.
The Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress amount is R350 per month, from the date it is approved. The grant will only be paid for a period from May until October. However, if applicants only apply in July, they will be paid from the month in which they apply – there will be no backpay.
The City of Cape has responded to a call for help from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), which allows for the agency to lease community halls and centres to serve as service points.
'Many of our most vulnerable residents, the elderly and disabled, often have to borrow money or spend big portions of their income towards transport to access basic services. The City is making access to social grants easier by facilitating the lease of facilities for pay outs,' said the Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.
Across the city more than 20 memorandums of understanding (MOUs) have been requested on halls and centres which will be used as service points.
A non-profit organisation is a trust, company or other association of persons that is started to assist the needy or disadvantaged.
Being a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) will not only improve your chances of getting funding, it also tells communities that you care about providing quality services.
Only registered non-profit organisations (NPOs) are eligible for government funding.
An NPO can register with the NPO Directorate in the National Department of Social Development (DSD)
As we enter the first week of Alert Level 3 of the national coronavirus lockdown, I want to call on our residents to please continue observing the recommended safety protocols during this pandemic as we are yet to experience its peak in our city.
I am fully in support of businesses opening in a safe and responsible manner. Our economy simply cannot afford to remain curtailed any longer with only a limited number of businesses operating. Our residents need to earn a living. While the lockdown has been necessary to allow our health system to ready itself for the peak of the pandemic, it has had a dire financial impact on many businesses and residents. We have taken this into account when revising the City of Cape Town’s annual budget, and have introduced the largest rates relief package we have ever had in the city.
Statement by Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien
The City of Cape Town has approved the disbursement of R20 677 290 to nearly 5 000 beneficiaries who range from early childhood development centres and organisations who work with the homeless, to gender-based violence shelters as well as artists involved in our Arts and Culture programmes.
The City’s Social Development Department will disburse humanitarian aid to non-government organisations through grants in sponsorship.
For information on South Africa's response to COVID-19 please visit the COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal.
Statement by the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg
The City of Cape Town has reprioritised R12 million for immediate humanitarian relief in Cape Town.
The City’s Councillors have pooled contributions from their ward allocation budgets to provide emergency food relief. This is part of our targeted humanitarian response led by the City’s Executive Mayor Alderman Dan Plato.
The Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) is calling all Gauteng-residing graduates and unemployed youth between the ages of 18-35, to register on the GCRA Database.
Please note you will be required to send your CV with certified copies of your South African identity document, relevant qualifications including your matric certificate as well as proof of residence for shortlisting and assessment purposes.
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If you have flu-like symptoms, and have come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus, please contact the national hotline on 0800 029 999 or the provincial hotline on 021 928 4102 for advice on what to do next. Please always get a second opinion if you are at all concerned.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Disaster Management Advisory Forum: COVID-19 has been established to coordinate the local response to the coronavirus in line with legislation guiding the declaration of a national disaster.
North West Provincial Government: Information on COVID-19
Humanity is confronted with the unprecedented threat of COVID-19. Around the world, the pandemic is having a devastating impact on health systems, economies and the lives, livelihood and wellbeing of all, particularly older people. Responding effectively to this fast-growing pandemic requires solidarity and cooperation among all governments, scientists, civil society actors and the private sector.
COVID-19 affects women and men differently. The pandemic makes existing inequalities for women and girls, as well as discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty worse and risk impeding the realization of human rights for women and girls. Participation, protection and potential of all women and girls must be at the center of response efforts. These efforts must be gender-responsive and consider different impacts surrounding detection, diagnosis and access to treatment for all women and men.
The Gauteng Provincial Government has converted the Transnet School of Rail and Eskom Training Centre into quarantine sites, which will house people who are unable to quarantine and isolate at home.
The sites which have been operational since last month form part of the provincial government's preparations for a possible increase in the number of COVID-19 cases with the winter season fast approaching.
COVID-19 SMME Relief Funding updates and progress
n Wednesday Gauteng Provincial Government led by Premier David Makhura announced a wide ranging plans and interventions to stop the spread of COVID-19, which on the day stood at 116 reported cases of infections across the country, with majority of those in the province (61).
Premier Makhura said the province had adopted multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach which will proactively involve significant actors within the province to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
My Fellow South Africans,
This week, our country reached a sad moment in the progression of the coronavirus pandemic, as we recorded our 219th death from the disease.
Every life lost is a tragedy.
These 219 people who passed away had families, they had dependents, friends and colleagues.
Their lives were cut short by a virus that has caused human and economic devastation across the world.
In recording and reporting on the daily figures of new infections, deaths and recoveries –– we can too easily lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with human lives.
Statement by the Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato
With over 1600 homeless persons accommodated at the Strandfontein temporary emergency shelter, a number of individuals have made use of rehabilitation opportunities at the shelter and thanked the City’s medical staff on site for their support.
While the temporary shelter space was initially set up in line with section 11 D of the National Government’s COVID-19 National Disaster Management regulations to contain the spread of the coronavirus during the lockdown, and which we have done successfully with not a single homeless person on site contracting the virus, we were also able to record a number of other unexpected successes.
The Premier, Dr Zamani Saul, together with the MEC for Social Development, Ms Barbara Bartlett on the 13 April 2020 received 100 food Parcels from the Pakistan Community Association in South Africa today.
The Association, represented by members from the branch in the Province pledged their support to the Northern Cape Provincial Government, in our fight against the Coronavirus.
These food parcels will be distributed to the most needy and will assist us to provide nutritional relief to those impacted by the outbreak of the Coronavirus Covid-19
Through public private partnerships we are able to ensure that deserving households throughout the Northern Cape receive the much needed relief, especially during a time where they are encouraged to stay at home in an effort to flatten the Coronavirus infection curve.
The Northern Cape Provincial Government led by Dr Zamani Saul in partnership with Kumba Iron Ore led by the CEO Mr Themba Mkwanazi on Friday 17 April 2020 spent the day in the Tsantsabane Municipal area, distributing over 2 000 food parcels to the community members. The Premier had the opportunity to assess the capacity of the Tsantsabane Hospital and its readiness for the COVID-19. The Department of Health in partnership with Kumba Iron Ore have ensured that Quarantine sites are set up and have made provision for screening and testing.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy of KwaZulu-Natal could see employment in the province dropping by up to 14.6% while the contraction of the global economy is projected at -3%.
This was one of the remarks by KZN Finance MEC, Ravi Pillay, who was speaking during a talk at a webinar (online seminar/discussion) hosted by the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) this morning.
“We mustn’t delude ourselves as to the nature of the crisis that we have. This reality must underpin all our considerations,” MEC Pillay said.
He added that as part of the responses to the pandemic, government will be reprioritizing R130 billion from the national and provincial government budgets. Of this amount, R100 billion will come from the national budget while R30 billion will be reprioritized from provincial budgets.
Following numerous requests from various Non-Governmental Organisations and public interest groups to open public ablution facilities during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the City’s Recreation and Parks Department has decided to re-open 19 strategically positioned ablution facilities across the metropole. This will be done in close cooperation and consultation with the City’s Health and Social Development Departments.
The Premier of the Northern Cape, Dr Zamani Saul, will tomorrow lead the roll out of the food relief programme in Platfontein, Kimberley. Dr Saul recently announced that as part of the lockdown directives, the Province will procure and distribute 47 700 food parcels to respond to the need of community members that will require relief during this time.
With the distribution of food parcels, awareness will also be raised with the community on the regulations of the lockdown and the protocols of the Coronavirus, Covid-19.
in abiding with the rules around public gatherings, the Premier accompanied by the MEC for Social Development, Ms Barbara Bartlett will meet with the 12 leaders representing the Xhu! and Kwe communities. Following this, food parcels will be delivered directly to the homes of the beneficiaries.
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