AFTER SIX LONG MONTHS, BOGOGO TO FINALLY GET THEIR PAY
The long wait for elderly citizens which has now clocked six months of suffering, is finally over as government will finally disburse their grants, starting from Tuesday.
This is according to a statement released yesterday by the Principal Secretary in the DPM’s office Khangeziwe Mabuza. Disbursements will start in the Lubombo region, followed by Hhohho, Manzini and conclude with Shiselweni.
The elderly grant will be issued together with the disability and special needs grants. Worth noting is that the elderly grants to be disbursed are those of the senior citizens that are paid manually. Those who receive theirs through the bank were not affected and have been smiling all the way to the bank as usual.
“The actual dates and all other necessary information will be issued by the Swazi Post which is tasked with the disbursement of the elderly grant,” she said.
Mabuza further apologised for the delay in the disbursement of the grants.
“Furthermore, the office takes this opportunity to apologise to the elderly and persons with disabilities for the delayed payment.
This was due to internal processes that had to be fulfilled to ensure effective disbursement of the grants,” she stated.
However, reliable sources have informed this publication that the delay in the disbursement of the grants was due to government’s dry coffers.
The current payments, which are conducted by Swazi Post, will apply to the elderly people who have not been paid their grant since the government started having cash-flow challenges.
The DPM’s Office uses two forms of disbursement of the grants, one is done manually, through payment points at constituency level and electronically that is processed through various banks.
The manual payments are made quarterly, while electronic ones are done monthly.
Eswatini Old Age Grant (OAG) was introduced in 2005 as a universal grant to all Emaswati citizens over 60 years old, many of whom are caring for orphaned children in their households.
Cash transfers are increasingly seen as a popular form of social protection, representing a solution to reducing poverty and food insecurity for vulnerable groups.
A study assessment report was done on what impact the OAG has had at household level and discussion on the mechanisms by which the OAG has been delivered since its inception. The report argues that “OAG has proved to be a valuable social protection intervention for reducing the absolute poverty and food insecurity experienced by so many of the elderly, and their households”.
Some of elderly who were still waiting for their grant will finally get it starting from Tuesday.