Council to decide on R400 food voucher plan

The city council’s next meeting is expected to decide whether households in two Kuils River wards will get R400 food vouchers in winter.

Poor households in two Kuils River wards could get R400 food vouchers.

If the proposal, briefly mentioned by Sub-council 21 manager Lorraine in a virtual meeting last month, gets city council approval, beneficiaries in wards 11 and 108 could get the vouchers by July.

Ward 108 is an ANC stronghold covering Sunbird Park, Fountain Village, Blue Downs, Hindle Park, Delro Village, Highgate, parts of Fairdale, parts of Mfuleni, and Brentwood Park.

Ward 11 belongs to the DA and comprises Alora, Amandelrug, Brantwood, De Kuilen, Gersham, Kuils River, Sarepta, Silveroaks and Voëlvlei.

Approached for comment, Ward 108 councillor Thembisile Batembu said he had little information about the vouchers. Ward 11 councillor Desiree Visagie asked that questions be emailed to her, but did not respond by time of publication.

Ms Frost said the report on food vouchers had gone to full council and they were awaiting the outcome.

In the meeting, Ms Frost said the proposal would see three organisations get more than R100 000 apiece to implement the food vouchers programme.

“No beneficiaries have as yet been identified,” Ms Frost said. “We can only do this once we receive the resolution from council and receive further instruction from our project management team.”

Grant Twigg, mayoral committee member for urban management, said following calls to provide humanitarian relief in 24 sub-councils, organisations that responded gave the City a business plan that included a budget that was in line with their capacity to supply dry goods and food parcels.

“A strict screening process was undertaken, in accordance with the grant-in-aid policy,” Mr Twigg said.

He said the three organisations were recommended to receive a grant to implement the food-relief programme.