South Africa allocates an extra R4bn for Covid-19 vaccines, social distress grant

Government plans to allocate another R2.82bn to social development for funding the distress grant. File photo.
Government plans to allocate another R2.82bn to social development for funding the distress grant. File photo.
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South Africa has allocated an extra R4bn to buy Covid-19 vaccines and extend a special distress grant to thousands of people hit by the pandemic, in a Special Appropriation Bill tabled by the finance minister on Tuesday.

The bill, expected to be debated with the National Treasury in a parliamentary committee meeting later on Tuesday, allocates an additional R1.25bn to the department of health to purchase Covid-19 vaccines and another R2.82bn to social development for funding the distress grant.

This is a developing story.


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