DPM dishes out elderly grants Tuesday
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
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.
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.