Govt to continue improving the welfare of vulnerable members of society

By Peter Chivhima

THE Second Republic has pledged to continue widening and extending the social safety net to cater for vulnerable members of society.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing 60th session of the Commission for Social Development in New York, the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Professor Paul Mavima revealed that various inclusive social protection programmes are being implemented in Zimbabwe to reduce poverty and vulnerability.

“The lockdown restrictions put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 impacted on the livelihoods of many households, especially those working in the informal sector. Accordingly, the Government of Zimbabwe extended its existing unconditional cash transfer program. Going into 2022, cash transfer will be extended to households with learners receiving education assistance to engage in income generating activities whilst water, sanitation and hygiene components will be added so as to improve the well-being of these families,” he said.

He also revealed the strides being made by the government in the education sector.

“Government also made a deliberate effort to expand the education assistance program to cater for school fees levies, uniforms, stationery and examination fees for vulnerable children in mainstream primary,” he added.

The Second Republic recently launched the National Disability Policy that seeks to mainstream issues of disability across all sectors and ensure active economic participation and social inclusion of persons with disabilities nationally.