The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development will spend R5 million to build an old-age home and orphanage in Osizweni in Newcastle.
At a recent poverty alleviation rally at the Osizweni stadium, Meshack Radebe, MEC for Social Development, told thousands of residents that he was unhappy with slow service delivery in the area.
He said more than 54 percent of the people in the area still live in extreme poverty, with thousands of children orphaned by HIV- Aids.
"We want to make sure that these children get at least one meal a day," Radebe said.
He said councillors should prioritise their communities' needs and should know everything that affects the people.
Radebe also committed his department to build a youth center where young people could get involved in useful activities.
He instructed councillors to visit schools and identify poor pupils and make sure that those children are provided with food and other necessities.