South Africa extends special COVID-19 grant by three months
London, Feb. 12, 2021 (AltAfrica)-President Cyril Ramaphosa says the special COVID-19 grant of R350 will be extended by another three months. He made the announcement during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday evening in Parliament.
This year’s session was attended by a few Members of Parliament and guests without the usual glamour in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
More than 18 million South Africans have received additional social grant payments.
“We have therefore decided to extend the period for the Special COVID-19 Grant of R350 by a further three months. We have also decided to extend the COVID-19 TERS benefit until 15 March 2021 only for those sectors that have not been able to operate. The conditions of this extension and the sectors to be included will be announced after consultations with social partners at NEDLAC,” President Ramaphosa said.
Defeating coronavirus, accelerating economic recovery, implementing economic reforms and fighting corruption, are this year’s country’s overriding priorities. Ramaphosa outlined the four key priorities that government will focus on this year.
Addressing the biggest challenge ever to face the country over decades, the President says there’s light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against the coronavirus which has infected nearly 1.5 million South Africans and killed at least more than 47 000.
“We have secured nine million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Further consignments will arrive over the next four weeks. In addition, we have secured 12 million vaccines from the COVAX facility. This will be other vaccines that are available to SA, Pfizer has committed 20 million vaccine doses commencing with deliveries at the end of the first quarter.”
These will be complemented by other vaccines from Pfizer and the African Union’s Vaccine Acquisition Task Team facility.
Pfizer’s are expected in the country towards the end of the first quarter of this year.