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Mayor Dan Plato launches COVID-19 social relief Co-Care Vouchers with the German Development Cooperation <p>​The launch of the vouchers took place in Hanover Park, with the overall project operating in Bonteheuwel, Manenberg, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Harare, Monwabisi Park and Kuyasa in Khayelitsha. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="/mediacentre/PublishingImages/Lists/Media%20Releases/AllItems/MayorP1.jpg" alt="" style="width:951px;" /> </figure><p>​‘We have seen the lingering impact of the national lockdown on many of our residents, who have lost their jobs and are unable to provide for their families. We have already worked throughout the lockdown to support soup kitchens with equipment and ingredients, so that they can provide a warm meal to residents in need, but we have seen the need remains. Today this project begins to provide additional assistance to those in need and the city is very grateful for the funding from the German Government and KfW Bank because I know how many residents are going to be assisted,’ said Executive Mayor, Dan Plato. </p></span><p>At the end of September, it was announced that the German Development Corporation had provided funding of five million Euros to support more soup kitchens and Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres across Cape Town.  The money would also support the development of local food gardens, and stimulate the informal economy through the provision of food vouchers that can be redeemed at local spaza shops. </p><p>The funds will allow for the provision of 25 000 food vouchers per month for a three-month period. Food vouchers will be provided to ECD staff and learners and their families, residents involved in community food gardens in their communities, and to support soup kitchens in Hanover Park, Manenberg, Nyanga, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha (Kuyasa, Monwabisi Park and Harare). </p><p>Approximately 250 ECD centres will benefit through the allocation of vouchers. In addition to this project, the City of Cape Town has already supported over 200 soup kitchens during the height of the national lockdown, stepping in to fill the gaps where possible.</p><p>As the lockdown has partially lifted, we have seen that many of our residents still require food aid as a result of losing their income. </p><p>In line with the general goal of creating safe and sustainable neighbourhoods in partnership with the VPUU, the City aims to improve the quality of life for all residents. This investment is meant to strengthen social cohesion and better livelihoods among society’s most vulnerable. </p><p>The City of Cape Town will work with well-established NGO partner, VPUU (Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading) to ensure that the funding is distributed to those most in need, and that regular updates are provided to the KfW Bank. VPUU have a long track record of community development through various urban upgrade and social upliftment programmes. </p><p>The special relief funds provide the unique opportunity to restart the local neighbourhood economy as the vouchers can be used at local spaza shops in communities, ensuring the communities benefit most from this programme.</p>2020-12-01T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#3eb252b9-e091-4505-a46a-b6295fa65c8a;L0|#03eb252b9-e091-4505-a46a-b6295fa65c8a|Early Childhood Development;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0e3f8a5a-df7c-4dc0-9920-a965045a4805;L0|#00e3f8a5a-df7c-4dc0-9920-a965045a4805|NGO;GP0|#e1a5b1a6-9b2b-4790-96ce-f3405c541ea3;L0|#0e1a5b1a6-9b2b-4790-96ce-f3405c541ea3|community10

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