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Manuel's extra R50 makes a granny happy

By unknown | Feb 12, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

Constance Ketseki, 68, of Pimville, Soweto, is a happy grandmother of two.

And for that she thanks Finance Minister Trevor Manuel who yesterday announced that the pensioner's grant would increase from R960 to R1010 a month.

She takes care of her two grandchildren whose parents have since died. The oldest is 27 and the youngest is only five years old.

"I pay day care fees for my grandson and am able to buy groceries for the whole month. We are able to survive.

"The extra R50 will make a huge difference because I can buy a 12,5kg of mealie meal with it," she said.

She said from the grant she was receiving she was also able to pay rent.

"I am very happy. I will be able to do a few extra things with some of the money," she said.

Ketseki started receiving a grant in 2001.

"This year we are very lucky because it is going up by R50. Who knows how much we will be getting next year?"

Motorist Mashego Mahlatsi, 56, of Dube in Soweto, said: "If the petrol goes up it is going to affect a lot of things. Food will go up. I just hope it does not reach the R10 mark, like it did last year.

"The increment does not only affect motorists but commuters as well."

He said there was nothing motorists could do but to accept things as they were.


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