GRANT HELPS TO PROVIDE FOOD
AN UNEMPLOYED Soweto mother of two is grateful for the child support grant and school feeding scheme helping put food on the table. But she said she would like the social grant to be increased.
Puseletso Mokoena, 24, from Orlando East in Soweto has two boys aged 6 and 8. They attend nearby Leratong Primary School which provides breakfast and lunch. “The feeding scheme is helpful a lot. It saves me the little money I get (social grant) because sometimes they don’t have to carry pocket money or lunch boxes,” said Mokoena.
“This money is okay to get but I can’t afford to buy school uniforms for them. I cannot even buy them warm clothes in winter. So what I try to do is to buy them clothes on a six-month lay bye. I wish the money can be increased to R600 per child (per month).”
Life becomes more difficult when schools close and there are no free meals for the two boys. “The money gets finished and it becomes difficult. I make sure flour is always available to bake homemade bread which we eat for breakfast and lunch. At times we go without a meal.”
Mokoena said she tried to stretch the social grant as far as possible. “For my two boys I get R820 per month. I spend R200 on (clothing) lay byes, R390 on food, R80 on toiletries, R50 on pocket money and R100 for other things we might need during the month.”
Mokoena, who lives with her five siblings, has been looking for a job for years, but she has now given up. “What I do once a week is collect dustbins in my area and clean them up and that is how I make a living.”