Residents receive all-in-one aid

2017-10-05 06:01

Mfuleni residents felt all the merrier after the welfare, police, home affairs, health and an NGO brought services to their door-step last Friday.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) organised the outreach programme in partnership with the Department of Social Development, Department of Home Affairs, South African Police Services (SAPS), Department of Health and local Afrika Tikkun project.

The event was aimed at ensuring that residents have access to services they need as some do not have money to travel to places where the offices are situated.

The programme, which is set to hit different areas in future, was made possible after Bathabile Dlamini, the Minister of Social Development, discovered that some residents were struggling to access services because of lack of money.

Sizwe Ndesi, from Afrika Tikkun, said the programme was beneficial to residents.

“It is good... Some residents do not receive the social grant, because they do not have the necessary documents such as birth certificate or IDs (Identity Document). They do not even have money for travelling to get the documents,” Ndesi said.

Captain Nomathemba Muavha, communication officer at Mfuleni Police Station, said most residents approached their desk to do affidavits and certify documents.

“It is a good thing to have all the departments under one roof, because residents do not have to travel for the services. Most residents that came to our desk want affidavits so they can apply for IDs and some want to apply for social grant,” Muavha said.

Dozens of residents used the opportunity to the best of their advantage.

Some started queuing outside the gate at early hours of the morning.

Nomalizo Gumada, 58, resident, said the programme helped them.

“I am happy for the help that I got here. I needed documents so I can apply for pension grant. I do not have any source of income and I depended on my neighbours for food. I am happy that they brought all the services to us here,” Gumada said.

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