26 May 2018


SASSA lends a caring hand to displaced foreign nationals

by: Nthabiseng Mosieleng   date: 04 May 2018


The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in Bokone Bophirima has distributed close to 500 blankets to displaced foreign nationals in Mahikeng, to help them keep warm in this chilly autumn and in winter. 

These foreign nationals are mostly shopkeepers that were left destitute after their belongings and businesses were looted and burnt down by community members during the recent protests in the province. 
SASSA is doing this as part of its Social Relief of Distress programme. The Social Relief of Distress is a temporary provision of assistance intended for persons in such dire need that they are unable to meet their most basic needs.

The destitute business community from Bangladash, Pakistan and Ethopia were moved to a place of safety at a Maddrasah in Mahikeng Cntral Business District (CDB) and at a Scout Centre at Cookes Lake just over a week ago. 

SASSA has been working closely with organisations such as the Red Cross, Disaster Management, the Department of Social Development and a Bangladeshi non-governmental organisation (NGO) from Gauteng province to ensure that these victims of violent protests receive all the support and care they need during their time of distress.