Sunday, 17 April 2022 15:49

Sassa increases social grants for families affected by KZN floods.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

A girl looks over at the covered body of a baby that was found washed up on the Ispingo Beach after the recent floods, 13 April 2022, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Jacques Nelles.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has increased the cash benefits for victims of the floods in KwaZulu-Natal.

Floodwaters have hit parts of KZN, affecting more than 40,000 people and leaving over 400 dead as of Sunday.

Just over 330 social service professionals have been deployed in all the affected areas, according to the Department of Social Development.

"The department has trauma response task teams in all district municipalities providing psychosocial support," the department’s spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant, said in a statement.

At the same time, the South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) has increased its relief grant for KZN flood victims.

The grant has been raised from R700 to R1,960 for disaster cases where there has been a loss of all the belongings.

"Where there is a loss of life, this amount is doubled to the family being assisted," the KZN Cogta MEC, Sipho Hlomuka said on Saturday.

Sassa is also currently providing food vouchers, school uniforms and blankets.

"The value of a normal food voucher has also been increased from R700 to R1,200. To date Sassa has issued vouchers to the value of R434,520. The agency has taken new applications for uniforms to the value of R372,280,"Oliphant said.

The KZN Cogta, alongside the Department of Social Development, has since set up community halls, which are being used as shelters for the people that have been affected by the floods.

Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu will continue with her visits to various parts of KZN.

"We urge South Africans to lend a helping hand, not just with money but also with their time," Bogopane-Zulu said.

"We send our sincere condolences to the families that have lost their loved one’s, May the Lord God Almighty wipe every tear from your eyes, "she added.