The reason why beneficiaries had to reapply for the grant was due to a change in the regulatory framework under which the grant is provided to members of the public.
The qualifying criteria for the R350 grant also changed due to the change in regulatory framework.
One aspect that has changed is that a beneficiary of the R350 grant must not have an income of any sort of more than R350. The income threshold in previous interactions of the grant was R595.
The grant previously benefited more than 10 million people. However, due to the change in qualifying criteria, some organisations believe that less people may qualify for the grant.