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At least 18 million people receive permanent social grants monthly. However, the money meant for these vulnerable individuals often catches the attention of fraudulent individuals wanting to illegally get a piece of the pie.

 


The Department of Social Development (DSD) recently made changes to the regulations concerning the R350 grant. Despite these changes, the department is still investigating the possibility of introducing a permanent grant for vulnerable adults.

 


South Africa’s leaders have revealed that the government is working to find a sustainable solution which would enable the introduction of a Basic Income Grant (BIG). The grant would support the country’s most vulnerable citizens.


A 12-month extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is costing the government R44 billion. When the grant comes to an end March 2023, millions of people living in South Africa will be without the crucial support mechanism.

 


In 2020, a report by the United Nations found that one in five South Africans live in extreme poverty. Poverty, along with high levels of unemployment and inequality require solutions from the government to improve the lives of South Africans.

 


In South Africa, 46.2% of the country’s population is unemployed according to the expanded definition of unemployment which includes people who are available for work but not looking for a job.


In delivering his sixth State of the Nation Address, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) will be extended for 12 months.


With around 46% of South Africans recipients of social support grants, distributing all these grants presents challenges to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).


It is expected that 10 million people will be without crucial support once the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant comes to an end in March 2022. 


In less than a month's time, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana will deliver his inaugural budget speech. The highly anticipated speech will address the subject of grant shortfalls and social security spending from the government. 


President Cyril Ramaphosa has held a meeting with an organisation relating to a possible extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant and the introduction of a Basic Income Grant. 


President Cyril Ramaphosa has held a meeting with an organisation relating to a possible extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant and the introduction of a Basic Income Grant. 


In March 2021, the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant will come to an end. This will leave nearly ten million people without any financial assistance from the government. 


Details are now available on who qualifies for the special relief of distress grant that is to be administered by SASSA and paid out for 6 months, starting from May.

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