EDITORIAL | Civil society alone can’t keep people from starving. ...

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EDITORIAL | Civil society alone can’t keep people from starving. The state must step in

Government officials are quite happy to accept large salaries. It’s time they accepted they have a job to do

Editorial

Since the start of lockdown, feeding the poor and destitute has been mostly driven by ordinary folk who could not wait for government to get the ball rolling.

Think the rollout of the unemployment grant, the TERS fiasco, social assistance grants and, probably the biggest blight of all, the closure of the school feeding scheme.

The closure of schools under hard lockdown — a necessary step — left already vulnerable children who depended on the scheme with empty stomachs. Often they received their only meal a day from the programme...

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