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Centre of Excellence in Food Security discusses COVID impact on the vulnerable

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Panellists looked at safety nets and how social emergency relief measures performed in the face of the global pandemic.

They believe government had shown it can leverage solutions in a short time but add elected officials can still do more to assist the vulnerable.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to shutdowns and restrictions on movement.

Many could not work, especially those in the informal sector. Tuesday’s webinar hosted looked at how this impacted the vulnerable.

Karabo Ozah, director of the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria, was one of the panellists: “What we saw is that the most vulnerable became even more vulnerable. Obviously we know that there had been some government responses trying to introduce the temporary grants, and increase child support grants temporarily after there had been lobbying from a lot of NGOs in the country.”

This is an abridged version of the article first published by Eyewitness News. Access the full article here 

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