It was heartening to hear President Cyril Ramaphosa outline the various relief measures proposed for South Africans. In particular, the forthcoming help from the department of employment & labour for people who are registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). 

However, the reality on the ground is vastly different. For the past two weeks I have received hundreds of e-mails, Whatsapp messages and phone calls from people who are desperate and  many are on the verge of starving. These are people who have relied on the UIF in the past and need their future payouts. Many are in the system for pensions, dismissal, maternity leave and other claims.  ..

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