Anyone familiar with The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens would identify with what can transpire when hunger and desperation gnaw at the poor and the destitute.
I envisage the same scenario unfolding in South Africa and I am aware that government is alive to this and no doubt its social assistance grant system and other interventions are in place, but I submit not enough. I was at a nationally branded supermarket in Durban and I noticed the ever spiralling price of basic food stuffs and wondered how those on such grants were coping. From what I experienced, not well.
Perhaps government should consult the Indian Government how to solve, let alone cope with the problem. That government,to its credit,has initiated a campaign where it directly provides basic food stuff to the poors at a highly subsidised rate.
This is intended to curb the growing malnutrition problem amongst children and the elderly and, whilst the fiscus carries the costs I submit that its a noble idea that must be considered and practically deployed in South Africa.
For instance,now that people on social grants are furnished with special SASSA grant cards, these card holders could access food at a much lower rate than ordinary shoppers pay for basic food items at supermarkets and other retail outlets.
I reiterate. Its a noble idea worth putting into practice.
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