Does Sassa Determine The SRD Grant Amount?

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The extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) came as a welcomed relief to millions of South Africans. 


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The extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) came as a welcomed relief to millions of South Africans. 

 

The grant, which was introduced to shield individuals from the impact of a Covid-19 related hard lockdown, provides more than 10 million people with crucial relief. 

 

However, several advocacy groups have called on the government to increase the amount of money received by beneficiaries. The amount being proposed by advocacy group, the Black Sash, is R629. 

 

Why Are Groups Calling For The Grant To Be Increased To R629?

 

The reason why various role players are calling for the grant to be increased to R629 is that it is the current poverty line in South Africa. Individuals have called on Sassa to increase the amount of the grant.

 

However, Sassa does not determine the amount of the SRD grant.

 

Sassa explained, “The budget is allocated by the Department of National Treasury, not Sassa”. 

 

The SRD grant was recently extended by 12 months. The grant is now scheduled to come to an end in March 2023. 

 

Want To Know If The R350 Grant Will Be Made Permanent? CLICK HERE to read what the Finance Minister had to say.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE MARCH 2022 SRD R350 GRANT PAYMENT DATES

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