New details about the recently announced R350 grant have been revealed. The National Treasury said this grant will not be the same as the R350 grant that came to an end in May this year.
Deputy Director General of Public Finance, Dr Mampho Modise said the newly introduced grant will not be making back payments for the months that the old grant was not active.
“The R350 is not an extension of the previous grant that was introduced and terminated in May. Rather, it’s a reintroduction of the grant and it will commence right now rather than a continuation of what we’ve done in the past”
“This is a starting point rather than backpaying for the months that the grant was not in existence.” explained Modise.
This means, beneficiaries can expect to receive payments for the months going forward instead of previous months.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the reintroduction of the R350 temporary Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant on Sunday evening.
He said the reintroduction of the grant was made possible by an improvement in government revenue collection.
"To support those who have no means of supporting themselves, we are reinstating the Social Relief of Distress Grant to provide a monthly payment of R350 until the end of March 2022." said the President.
The reinstatement of the grant will now allow more people to qualify. This includes unemployed caregivers who currently receive a Child Support Grant.
In the previous application cycle, applicants were not allowed to apply if they were already receiving SASSA grants.
Details about the application process for the R350 grant will be released soon.