Mbabane: Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini has announced that the distribution of E45 Million donated by Natie Kirsh will commence from today (Monday, May 25).
Dlamini said the distribution process will start at Shiselweni and Manzini regions where 69 000 people from 11 000 households will receive money to buy food of their choice. The other two regions will follow on the next weeks. This donation is going to assist 301 000 people affected by COVID-19 across all the four regions of the kingdom to procure food.
Dlamini revealed that government is cognizant of the reality that many people who were not chronically food insecure before COVID-19 now need food assistance. Therefore, the government will continue with the implementation of the hybrid model for food distribution which will also see food parcels being distributed. This people include workers who have been laid off, street vendors, hawkers and others. “We encourage EmaSwati to help each other in this trying period” said Premier.
The Prime Minister has warned business who might take advantage of the situation and unlawfully practice price hiking.
Dlamini went on to appreciate the Natie Kirsh Foundation for the donation and standing with EmaSwati through this trying times. He said the foundation has always been a credible and reliable partner to EmaSwati.
According to Dlamini, the government has put in place all necessary interventions to contain the spread of the virus and to slowly and carefully ease back to normalcy. Dlamini urged EmaSwati to remain vigilant and cautious in following all the health and safety precautions.
On behalf of the Natie Kirsh Foundation, George Lys said Mr Kirsh the founder was very anxious to help in this situation. Lys said PPE was their priority hence they have now spent E19 million on needed medical supplies including face masks, gloves, thermometers and they are working towards procuring ventilators. Lys said however, today it’s about food securing.
Lys commended government for handling the food distribution process professionally as it is an extra ordinary challenge to identify those who are truly need the food. “Our doors remain open for more support and we commend all those who have contributed and encourage others to do so” said Lys.