To help continue the fight against the impact of the coronavirus, the Zimbabwe government is giving out $300 cash as a COVID-19 relief fund to one million vulnerable people in Zimbabwe.
The country’s statistics have noted that millions of people have lost their jobs, due to the pandemic, making them vulnerable to extreme poverty.
Households will be receiving $300 per month and the number of beneficiaries may rise depending on the publics response to the governments initiative.
Zimbabwe Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube said the relief funds were targeting one million vulnerable people in the country although 65 000 households were already receiving food packages.
While addressing a Zanu PF Provincial Co-ordinating Committee (PPC), Prof Ncube said: “I want to talk about those people that are vulnerable and are on social welfare. Our target is one million people across the country. I think we have about 65 000 households in Matabeleland South that we are targeting with this programme. We want this number to rise and for people to come forward and register with the Department of Social Welfare.”
The government is calling on people to register at the nearest social welfares in order to receive the relief parcels.
“People should go to their social welfare offices and register and then they will start receiving their monthly payments. Like I said, this is money that has already been budgeted for. We urge citizens that are older or those that can no longer work because of the impact of Covid-19, to come forward and start registering for these funds,” concluded Prof Ncube.