Food deliveries back in business under lockdown level four

Food deliveries will be allowed under the terms of stage four of South Africa's national lockdown but drive-throughs, takeaways and sit down eating remain prohibited.

Food deliveries back in business under lockdown level four

South African foodies are set for a little bit of relief when the national lockdown level is reduced to stage four at the end of April.

Food deliveries will return under the conditions of the phased re-opening of the economy. However, sit-down eating, takeaways and drive-through services will remain prohibited.

Food deliveries back in business

As things stand the lockdown is set to be relaxed on 1 May and Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel have provided details on exactly what that means for South Africans.

Patel made it clear that only restaurants with delivery facilities would be open for business when the lockdown is eased.

“The food goes to the customer. No one will go to the restaurant to sit down or to fetch the food,” he said on Saturday 25 April.

Only businesses that can operate while adhering to social distancing practices will be allowed to open, and strict standards of hygiene will need to be upheld by all business opened, including restaurants.

“Social distancing will remain critical. If a business cannot observe all the health protocols, it should not open,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

 “When you go to work, the sanitisers must be there. At home, wash with soap. When you enter transport, you must sanitise.”

Government will institute a curfew during this phase, outside of which no food deliveries can be made. The curfew will be in place between 20:00 in the evening and 05:00 in the morning.

Patel opined that this would be an opportunity to establish food delivery networks within townships and informal settlements.

No booze deliveries

Food deliveries will not, at stage four, allow for the delivery of alcohol with the ban on the sale of booze still in effect.

The SA Liquor Brand owners Association (Salba) said on Friday that they were in talks with government to allow alcohol to be bought st retailers and consumed at home.

Salba spokesperson Sibani Mngadi said they were waiting on details of the terms of lockdown stage 4. They also hoped that government would allow the export of wine and other alcohol produced in South Africa.

“We will await the details on what level four means for us. We plan to take the opportunity to apply for operation. We want the government to consider opening the export side of the business, a significant part of the liquor industry.

“We don’t think exporting to other countries is a major risk to SA’s response to the pandemic. The industry is awaiting details around considerations for people to get a chance to buy alcohol and drink at home,” Mngadi said.

Source : The South African More   

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Government aims to curb hunger with R350 Social Relief of Distress grant

Although the grant will help unemployed South Africans, some argue that R350 is not enough to live on.

Government aims to curb hunger with R350 Social Relief of Distress grant

Social relief of distress is an impermanent provision of assistance intended for persons in such dire material need that they are unable to meet their or their families most basic needs. Social Relief of Distress is paid to South African citizens or permanent residents, who have insufficient means get acquire their basic needs. According to current data, some ten million South Africans could be entitled to the grant.

On Tuesday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new R500 billion economic support package, which commences a monthly payout to the unemployed the first of its kind in South Africa. It will be temporary, and not the universal basic income grant many hoped for, but South Africa will now pay the unemployed a cash amount for six months.

Social Relief of Distress grant for jobless South Africans

Though, the Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 a month will be paid to individuals who are at this time jobless and do not receive any other form of social grant or Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) payment. South Africa had some 6.7 million unemployed people, plus there are almost 3 million discouraged job seekers.

However, more than a million people are expected to lose their jobs due to the impact of the contagion, according to preliminary modelling by Business South Africa, a corporate alliance founded four weeks ago in response to the pandemic. Some of these workers who were employed in the formal sector should receive unemployment payouts from the UIF, which covers ten million workers. But many will be in the informal sector, and not entitled to UIF payments.

Based on current and expected unemployment numbers, the total cost to the government could be between R14 billion which are 6.7 million recipients and R23 billion which are 11 million. In total, Ramaphosa said that government has budgeted R50 billion to relieve the coronavirus impact on the poor. Unemployment benefit recipients will get around R11 a day. Yet, the monthly payment of R350 is exactly a tenth of the minimum wage around R3 500.

‘Not enough to live off’

Furthermore, it is also far below the amount of money you need to stay alive in South Africa, just when it comes to food. According to Statistics South Africa, the food poverty line is R561 per person per month. This refers to the amount of money that an individual needs to buy the “minimum required daily energy intake” of food. This is also commonly referred to as the “extreme” poverty line.

Moreover, social media created a storm with the “#R350” trend, as some applauded the government, while other criticized the need for the assistance and while others who were armed with certificate, believed they deserved to get a bigger social grant than those with only matric.

How people can register for the Social Relief of Distress grant?

“They are going to be using an SSD or WhatsApp process for them to be able to register”.

How will they identify legitimate beneficiaries?

“You are going to be able to indicate I’m not employed, I’m not getting UIF, I’m not getting an NSFAS fund, I’m a South African and then we will check the database for information.”

When will payments starts?

“Once you have registered, we hope to start doing payments at the beginning of May”.

How will the money be paid?

“We are going to use three possible processes; an e-voucher, a mobile money transfer or, if you have a bank account, we’ll put the money in your bank account”, states Busisiwe Memela Sassa CEO

Source : The South African More   

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