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Millions of vulnerable South Africans rely on social grants from the government to sustain themselves monthly. One political party believes the introduction of a new social grant will go a long way in combating poverty and hunger in the country. 

With the R350 grant expected to end in March 2024, calls for the implementation of a Basic Income Support grant have intensified. Several civil society groups have urged government to prioritise making this grant permanent.

South Africa is among many countries around the globe that are faced with high levels of both unemployment and poverty.  This was further exacerbated by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is for this reason that there has an increase in calls for permanent solution for individuals who are in needed of government assistance.


South Africa's unemployment rate has risen drastically in recent years, and according to the Department of Social Development, approximately 31% of the country's population now relies on social grants.

The Department of Social Development (DSD) recently made changes to the regulations concerning the R350 grant. Despite these changes, the department is still investigating the possibility of introducing a permanent grant for vulnerable adults.


South Africa’s leaders have revealed that the government is working to find a sustainable solution which would enable the introduction of a Basic Income Grant (BIG). The grant would support the country’s most vulnerable citizens.

A 12-month extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is costing the government R44 billion. When the grant comes to an end March 2023, millions of people living in South Africa will be without the crucial support mechanism.


In 2020, a report by the United Nations found that one in five South Africans live in extreme poverty. Poverty, along with high levels of unemployment and inequality require solutions from the government to improve the lives of South Africans.


In South Africa, 46.2% of the country’s population is unemployed according to the expanded definition of unemployment which includes people who are available for work but not looking for a job.

While the announcement of the R350 grant was extended for a further 12 months was welcomed, many are calling for the grant to be increased. 

The National State of Disaster will be coming to an end declared President Cyril Ramaphosa during his sixth State Of The Nation Address. 

In delivering his sixth State of the Nation Address, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) will be extended for 12 months.

With around 46% of South Africans recipients of social support grants, distributing all these grants presents challenges to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

It is expected that 10 million people will be without crucial support once the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant comes to an end in March 2022. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his sixth State Of the Nation Address, albeit in an unfamiliar setting. 

In less than a month's time, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana will deliver his inaugural budget speech. The highly anticipated speech will address the subject of grant shortfalls and social security spending from the government. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa has held a meeting with an organisation relating to a possible extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant and the introduction of a Basic Income Grant. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa has held a meeting with an organisation relating to a possible extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant and the introduction of a Basic Income Grant. 

In March 2021, the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant will come to an end. This will leave nearly ten million people without any financial assistance from the government. 

Advocacy group, The Black Sash, is calling for government to implement the Basic Income grant as soon as possible. 




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