Mpumalanga Govt to spend R287 million towards fight against Covid-19

Mpumalanga Govt to spend R287 million towards fight against Covid-19
FIRST RESPONSE: Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane's government says it has earmarked a sum of R287m to help in the fight against Covid. PICTURE BY Sibongile Mkani-Mpolweni

Much of this money will go to Norah Mahlangu’s human settlements department.

The Mpumalanga government has approved an amount of R287 million to be used in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government said that seeing the number of people who have lost their income as a result of the pandemic “the government is stepping in to assist families”.

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane said Vusi Shongwe’s agricultural department will get R32 million from the approved R287 million “to provide food parcels for residents impacted on by the measures to contain the spread of the virus”.

She announced a huge chunk of that amount will go to Norah Mahlangu’s human settlements department – a sum of R183 million for the department “to supply water to communities that did not have the necessary infrastructure”.

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Tsipane has called on all the people of the province to help government in the fight against the SARS-COV-2 disease.

She thanked Sasekani Manzini’s health department for ensuring that Nkomazi was no longer an epicenter of the pandemic and then called on her to do more in eMalahleni and Pixley ka Seme, where high numbers of positive cases are being recorded.

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Bonakele Majuba’s education department has been tasked with ensuring that all schools “comply with Covid-19 regulations before reopening”, by identifying schools that have challenges.

“Of the 473 schools identified, 38 are still without water tanks and state utility Rand Water has been requested to assist,” the Premier said.

“This programme of providing schools and communities with water, which is a partnership between the provincial and national government, driven through Rand Water, is now 96% complete.” she added.

(edited by ZK)

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