When Covid-19 forced people into lockdown, government stepped in to help citizens whose income had diminished and businesses that had shut down.

Help came in the form of economic relief packages to the unemployed, increased Sassa grants and help for farmers in distress.

President Cyril Ramaphosa committed himself to implementing temporary measures, particularly in agriculture.

Minister Thoko Didiza announced R1,2 billion had been set aside to ensure sustainable food production post pandemic.

In Gauteng alone, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has spent millions of rand on small-scale farmers.

These farmers received relief grants to help them buy animal feed, medication, seedlings, fertilisers and pesticides.

When the pandemic hit home, we all saw doom and gloom on the horizon but through this assistance, many people staved off what was to become undesirable.I want to salute government for dispensing relief to the masses, and for their commitment to providing better services.

  • Rankepile Khomo Duduza