The Sunday Independent - - METRO - | ROLAND MPOFU

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.”

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