SASSA will increase the value of cash benefits from R700 to R1,980

SASSA will increase the value of cash benefits from R700 to R1,980

Latest SASSA news today- The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) will increase the value of cash benefits from R700 to R1,980 for disasters where people have lost all their belongings, and double it for loss of life.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) made the announcement on Saturday providing an update on this week’s flood death toll.

According to the latest update, the death toll has risen to 398, with 27 people still missing.

Cogta said the value of a normal food voucher had risen from R700 to R1,200 on Wednesday.

“KwaZulu-Natal Province continues to receive much-needed support from all sectors of our society as it faces one of the most tragic natural disasters ever to hit the province,” he said.

The national human settlements department said on Friday it had allocated R1 billion for flood relief, and the water and sanitation department set aside R45 million to provide 80 truckloads. cisterns.

Cogta said operations to clean up and repair damaged infrastructure have begun. “The National Ports Authority has been able to open an alternative route to Durban Port on Bayhead Road for the transport of essential items such as fuel and food.”

At least 58 health facilities in eThekwini, iLembe, Ugu, Umgungundlovu and King Cetshwayo districts were badly affected by the floods, with most buildings sustaining damage to roof, floors and at the fences.

The SA meteorological service warned of more rain in eThekwini, KwaDukuza, Mkhambathini, Ndwedwe, Ray Nkonyeni, uMdoni and uMzumbe on Saturday.

“Residents in these areas are urged to exercise the utmost caution as heavy rains could trigger more flooding and mudslides.”