The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) announced on Friday that top-up amounts added to the social grants, including Old Age, Disability, War Veterans, Child Support, Foster Child and Care Dependency, will stop from next month.
This means that grant payments, as from November, will revert to pre-Covid-19 amounts.
“There is no extension to the top-up,” SASSA said in a brief statement on Monday.
Starting in June through to October, Child Support Grant (CSG) recipients got an extra R500 added to their monthly payments, while other grant beneficiaries were topped-up with R250 for six months.
This top-up grant was government’s way of providing temporary relief against food insecurity during the lockdown and to aid households that face the worst effects of the pandemic.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced earlier this year that the Social Development Department is among government’s key implementers of the social relief and economic support package, to the value of R500 billion.