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Ministers and MP`s join hundreds of volunteers in social services campaign

Ministers and MP`s join hundreds of volunteers in social services campaign

19 March 2002

All the ANC`s MP`s in the National Assembly, National Council of Provinces and the Western Cape Legislature including Ministers, Local Government Councillors and local ANC leaders will tomorrow (Wednesday 20 March 2002) join an estimated 1,000 Volunteers as part of the ANC`s 90th Anniversary Campaign for Reconstruction and Development.

The Volunteers and Public Representatives will report at 09h00 in the Wallacedene Community Hall, Kraaifontein where they will be addressed and briefed by the ANC Provincial Leadership and Ministers.

The ANC`s focus this month is Human Rights. The 1,000 Volunteers will conduct a door-to-door snap survey to collect information of households who may qualify for any of the Government`s social services grants to bring more people into the social security net. The social grants include pensions, child support grants and disability grants.

The campaign was kicked off a week ago when about 200 volunteers went door-to-door in Mfuleni to collect information from households in the area. This information was passed onto the MEC for Social Services and Poverty Alleviation Marius Fransman.

Information from the Western Cape Social Services Department indicates that there is a high level of ignorance in some communities about their awareness of the criteria for accessing the grants.

The ANC is targeting poor areas with very low intakes of grants. President Thabo Mbeki in his State of the Nation address put aside money to clear backlogs of pensioners.

ANC Volunteers will forward information to the Government about any problems pensioners relay to it.

For further enquiries contact ANC Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha 082-829-7452, or Provincial Media Officer Gert Witbooi 082-570-9118.

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape

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