Every bit helhp, says gogo 103

2012-02-23 00:00

A LITTLE goes a long way.

Pensioners and those who are dependent on social welfare grants heard in yesterday’s budget speech that they would get a welcome, if modest, increase.

And whatever they get, according to Alvina Dladla from Imbali Township, the grant goes a long way.

Dladla , who claims to be 103 years old, stays with her three great-grandchildren, having outlived all but one of her seven children.

She supports her great-grandchildren on the grant, which will increase by R60 to R1 220 for pensioners who are over 75. Most other pensioners will get R1 200.

Dladla said she was grateful for what she got from the government.

She said: “The money is little, but I try to make it go a long way. Because I stay with children, they are the ones who benefit the most from it.

“They still need to get through school and make sure that they have better lives when they are adults. They depend on it for survival and I’m old, so I have to make provision for them.”

Dladla, who was a domestic worker for most of her life, said most of the money went towards the children’s education and transport.

The increase would help to make her and her great-grandchildren’s lives a little better.

She added: “My family and I do not seek any luxuries because all we need is food and clothing. Furniture and all that are just luxuries.”

Having received her pension only after she turned 70, Dladla said she managed the money herself and if her dependents needed something, she bought it.

“I don’t give it to them. I keep my own money. I know they would not steal it, but when they need something from me, I try to make sure that they get what they need,” Dladla said.

khanyiso.tswaku@sa.24.com

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