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newsReuters writes that South Africa has marshalled huge resources towards preventing its poor from starving due to the Covid-19 lockdown, but according to aid workers undocumented citizens and stranded migrants face hunger because they slip through the net.  

Some 11,000 families waited for charity food parcels on Wednesday in a queue stretching for several kilometres outside Pretoria.  Aid workers estimated more than half of those waiting for a third distribution this month were migrants.  The government has set aside R50 billion for social grants for the poor, but to claim a grant or food parcel a person needs a national ID card – which migrants aren’t entitled to and many South Africans from poor areas have failed to obtain.  “We saw about the money that they are going to send to the South Africans, but as foreign nationals who is going to provide for us?” lamented Peter Ndhlovu, an out-of-work Zimbabwean migrant casual labourer, as he queued.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Siyabonga Sishi and Tim Cocks at Moneyweb

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