Government support programmes there to assist struggling families

Monday, November 20, 2023

Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has urged members of the public to make use of government programmes aimed at assisting families in need of food.

She was speaking during the Post-Ccabinet media briefing on Monday.

This in the wake of a report released by the South African Human Rights Commission, which found that children in the Eastern Cape are dying of hunger.

“Cabinet noted with concern the reported deaths of children due to malnutrition, as reported by the Human Rights Commission.

“Cabinet wishes to remind members of the community about government support programmes such as the child support grant, which is aimed at assisting families to meet the basic needs of children. This is in addition to the comprehensive Social Assistance Programme, through which government provides healthy meals to vulnerable households through the School Nutrition Programme and Community Nutrition and Development Centres,” Ntshavheni said.

On the deadly scourge of gender-based violence and femicide, Ntshavheni said Cabinet condemned “in the strongest terms” the stabbing of a female Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) student at the hands of her husband.

“Cabinet calls on society to work together with government to eliminate gender-based violence, whilst law enforcement agencies continue to bring perpetrators of such callous acts to justice,” she said. –