Basic Income Grant: what it’s all about

Research shows the grant can help end hunger and also contribute to economic growth By Carilee Osborne South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world, with extremely high rates of poverty and unemployment. Large numbers of people are excluded from the economy without the means to ensure that their basic needs are met. Recently there has been a lot...

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Covid R350 grant to be paid from mid-June

Payments delayed by means testing processes By Marecia Damons Payments for the new cycle of the Covid R350-a-month grant will be made from mid-June, according to deputy director-general of the Department of Social Development Brenda Sibeko. The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, introduced in May 2020, was due to come to an end in March 2022 but was extended in February this year to...

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Activists call for a task team to find ways to boost Covid grant

Social protection provides a lifeline but it’s not enough, say researchers By Marecia Damons The Black Sash has called on the government to set up a task team to work out how to increase the R350-a-month Covid Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to the food poverty line of R624. Speaking at the launch of a research report on social protection, Black Sash national director...

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SASSA not processing new applications for the R350 Covid grant

The agency says it’s waiting for Department of Social Development to finalise amended regulations By Marecia Damons SASSA will not be processing new R350 Covid Grant applications until the relevant regulations have been amended. The grant was introduced and distributed under the Disaster Management Act to provide relief to poor people and those left vulnerable due to the Covid pandemic. It...

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Can I still get my social grant if I inherit money?

The short answer Yes, but only if you still pass the means test. The whole question Dear Athalie I receive a disability grant from SASSA. What will happen to my grant if I inherit money? The long answer Because the disability grant, like all the other SASSA grants except for the foster care grant and the grant-in-aid, is means-tested, your income and assets have to...

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Activists lobby President to make Covid grant permanent

Following a meeting with organisations last week, the presidency acknowledged the impact the grant has had in reducing poverty and hunger By Masego Mafata Civil society organisations met the President and relevant Ministers to plead for the R350 Covid Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to be extended beyond the state of disaster. They want the president to set up a...

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Activists demand Basic Income Grant

Protesters march on National Treasury after budget last week By Mosima Rafapa About 80 people marched to the offices of the National Treasury in Pretoria on Thursday, protesting against the budget announcements last week and calling for a Basic Income Grant, an increase in the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant and its extension beyond March 2022. The march was led by activists...

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Activists demand SASSA fix “flawed” Covid-19 grant application process

SASSA says only 8 million of the 13 million people who applied for the R350 grant were approved By Masego Mafata About 20 activists picketed outside the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices in Pretoria on Thursday, demanding fixes to flaws that they have identified in the R350 Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant application system. Many of the activists, affiliated...

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Children’s Institute urges Parliament to increase Child Support Grant by R10

“It is untenable that the poorest and most vulnerable children should have to foot the bill for budget reallocations” says Katharine Hall By Liezl Human Children’s Institute is asking Parliament to increase the Child Support Grant by at least R10 in October. The organisation says the current grant amount of R460 is too little to cover the cost of minimum basic...

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“We are desperate”: Covid-19 grant beneficiaries still hope for a reprieve

“We really need this grant, as small as it may appear” By Tariro Washinyira and Mkhuseli Sizani Beneficiaries of the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant, which has been discontinued, are hoping the government will change its mind on the R350-a-month grant. Beneficiaries who had not yet been paid out for January queued yesterday at post offices around the country. They said the...

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