DPM dishes out el­derly grants Tues­day

Observer on Saturday - - News - BY SICELO MAZIYA STO­RIES BY SICELO MAZIYA

The Deputy Prime Min­is­ter (DPM)’s Of­fice has is­sued a state­ment an­nounc­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of el­derly grant start­ing on Tues­day, 14 Novem­ber.

The first batch to be paid this month will be for the Hho­hhore­gion on Tues­day 14 start­ing with Mot­jane, Mba­bane East, Mba­bane West, Lobamba, Mapha­laleni, Hhuk­wini inkhundla re­spec­tively.

The el­derly will be re­ceive their grant pay­ments dat­ing back from July to Novem­ber, which is highly likely to be and early Christ­mas to those that do not re­ceive their pay­ments through the lo­cal Banks.

The DPM’s of­fice an­nounced in

EL­DERLY GRANTS SCHED­ULE OF PAY­MENTS - Nov 2017

HHO­HHO Date the state­ment that the pay­ment is cov­er­ing the sec­ond quar­ter and part of the third quar­ter,

“As an of­fice, we also wish to in­form the ben­e­fi­cia­ries that Swazi Post will be run­ning an­nounce­ments, in­form­ing on the re­gional sched­ule and the start­ing date for the pay­ments es­pe­cially for those re­ceiv­ing man­ual pay­ment.

The el­derly are thus re­quested to lis­ten to the na­tional ra­dio for the run­ning of the an­nounce­ment. How­ever, the el­derly paid elec­tron­i­cally (through the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions) will con­tinue to re­ceive their monthly pay­ments as per the norm by Novem­ber 24, 2017,” reads part of the state­ment. Inkhundla

Ra­dio

Pay­points

While the coun­try is de­ter­mined to move to­wards achiev­ing first world sta­tus by 2022, the re­al­ity on the ground seems to be mov­ing on the con­trary.

The Ob­server on Sat­ur­day on a re­al­ity check has un­earthed the dire sit­u­a­tion of ru­ral Swazi­land that the coun­try needs to con­front ur­gently. A fam­ily of 10 sur­vives on a mea­gre grant of E900 over a pe­riod of three months cour­tesy of a World Bank project. The World Bank pi­lot project has made a huge dif­fer­ence on the few fam­i­lies that are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the grant un­der the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter (DPM)’s of­fice. The project tack­les the re­al­ity of the suf­fer­ing of part of the 70 per cent of the Swazi pop­u­la­tion that is liv­ing below the poverty line.

This pub­li­ca­tion, in an ef­fort to gauge the im­pact of the World Bank pi­lot project, has seen how the fam­i­lies ben­e­fit­ing are sub­jected to the harsh re­al­ity of liv­ing in poverty. The fam­i­lies are all hav­ing chal­lenges be­yond that of the mere as­sis­tance to their chil­dren at­tend­ing school. Sim­i­lar­i­ties of the cri­te­rion used by the project im­ple­menters has also un­earthed the bur­den the fam­i­lies are sub­jected to, as two dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies from Hlane and Som­n­tongo are tak­ing care of chil­dren liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Ob­server on Sat­ur­day team vis­ited Girlie Zwane who heads a fam­ily of 10 that sur­vives through the quar­terly World Bank grant that is solely for two of her grand­chil­dren. Upon ar­rival there, one is met by clearly mal­nour­ished pigs and chicken roam­ing the yard. The houses in the yard re­sem­ble a long aban­doned home­stead.

Fall­ing

They are lit­er­ally fall­ing apart and com­ing closer a few men sit­ting closer to an­other house used as a kitchen were seen drink­ing tra­di­tional brew (um­com­botsi). The Zwane fam­ily’s sit­u­a­tion is that of a case of des­per­a­tion, life is un­bear­able but the quar­terly World Bank grant is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to the fam­ily. Girlie Zwane, 66 years old, heads one of the many fam­i­lies that are in dire need of monthly so­cial grants to sur­vive the harsh re­al­ity of poverty. Zwane also dis­closed dur­ing the in­ter­view that she is now wor­ried about what will hap­pen to her grand­chil­dren when she dies.

Zwane, speak­ing in a voice that clearly shows that she has al­ready lost hope that any­thing can be done to im­prove

SOM­N­TONGO RE­AL­ITY CHECK: These two men visit the home for a drink­ing spree of the tra­di­tional beer Um­com­botsi.

IT’S ON: The el­derly on their way to get their grants.

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