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Part of applying for a social grant includes being evaluated through a means test. Here's what a means test is and how it affects your application for a grant through the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

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In 2021/2021 South Africa’s social wage grew to R1.1 trillion in 2021/22 from R860 billion in 2018/19.

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Just under half of South Africa’s population are recipients of social grants. It is above 27.8 million people. 

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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is tasked with distributing government support grants to people. 

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Social grants ensure that the most variable members of our society receive some sort of financial relief.

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Approximately 46% of South Africa’s population are social grants recipients. This percentage includes people who receive the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant.

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Approximately 9.5 million people benefited from the reintroduced Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant.

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Around 27.8 million South Africans rely on social grants provided by the government. This is approximately 46% of the country's population.

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The former Minister of Social Development is back in court for her role in the grant payment crises.

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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana recently revealed that R28.3 billion in 2021/22 will be allocated to social grant-based relief.



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