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By unknown | Mar 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Walking long distances to a pension pay-point could soon be a thing of the past for pensioners in Mpumalanga township and surrounding areas.

The area, which has a population of more than 300000 people, has only one pension pay-point.

The department of social development in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday announced that it would fork out more than R2million for the construction of a one-stop centre.

The centre will offer pensioners and other social grant recipients a facility where they can collect state grants and apply for various grants and ID documents under one roof.

The area has a history of violence. Between 1986 and 1990, during political riots, many people died, leaving orphans and others on wheelchairs after being shot.

The only pension pay-point in the area can't cope because of overcrowding. Getting there is an effort for the disabled and aged.

"The area was one of the first to reconcile and find peace, but people who survived or who lost loved ones have nothing to show for the contribution they made to the struggle," said MEC for social development Meshack Radebe.

He said the community deserved more for the contribution and scarifies they made.

"They should at least have something to show for what they achieved," he said.


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