The KFW German Development Bank is donating €5m (R98 million) to families in Cape Town who have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Executive Mayor for Cape Town, Dan Plato, and Germany Ambassador Martin Schäfer signed a relief aid deal indicating the terms and conditions which include:
- At least 20 percent of the beneficiaries are foreigners
- Half of the digital vouchers should be spent on foreigners’ tuck shops
“Through these emergency measures, about 25,000 families and pregnant women in need could be supported with a digital food voucher worth about R600 per month for about three months,” the bank’s Silke Stadtmann and Peter Weinert said in a letter to Plato.
The aim of the aid is to assist families and single parents with children under the age of seven and foreign nationals who do not receive government support grants.
Some of the money will also be channeled towards early childhood development centers, urban vegetable gardens as well as soup kitchens.