Newcastle, 21 May: The Deputy Minister of Social Development Mme Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu in her capacity as the District Development Model (DDM) champion of Amajuba, today kicked off her DDM outreach in the district, at Christ the King Parish church in Madadeni.

The Deputy Minister used the opportunity to remind and encourage the Faith Based organisation about the importance of the NPOs being compliant by submitting their documents to the NPO registrar.


The Deputy Minister explained the Grant in Aid to congregates “if you’re unable to care for yourself, to the point where you need full-time care from someone else, then you qualify for an additional monthly payment from the government called a grant-in-aid. You can’t get a grant-in-aid on its own; it must be in addition to you receiving an old age, disability or war veteran's grant.”�


Deputy Minister further spoke of the Child Support Top-Up grant which was introduced to assist relatives caring for orphans to provide for their basic needs. The grant encourages families to keep orphaned children within their extended family environment without removing

them from familiar households. These children will receive their basic CSG of R500, plus an

additional amount of R250, bringing the total to R750.


The elderly congregants received 50 blankets and walking sticks, and the children of school going age from poverty stricken families identified by the church received full sets of uniform.


Tomorrow, 22 May- Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu will engage the district’s mining industry on their social labour plans, and how these could benefit the communities in which they operate in.


Later in the afternoon, Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu in collaboration with South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will handover one hundred and fifty school uniforms to Caca Primary ,Mbabane Primary and Nyanyadu Primary in KwaMdakane Hall in Dannhauser.

The handing over of uniforms aims to restore the dignity of the pupils under SASSA’s programme called Social relief of distress, where needy and qualifying learners receive school uniform from the Agency. The aim is to ensure that learners wear proper school uniform during these icy winter days .


Members of the media are invited to attend and cover events planned as follows:


Date: Monday, 22 May 2023

Time: 10:00H

Venue: BlackRock Hotel, Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal



Date: Monday, 22May 2023

Time: 14:30H

Venue: KwaMdakane Hall, Dannhauser, KwaZulu-Natal

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