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SASSA want to replace R350 grant with the new grant



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There has been widespread criticism of the government’s proposal to replace the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants by non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The proposal was deemed extremely troubling by the Institute for Economic Justice.

Sassa has announced that the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants will expire on 31 March 2023 and will be replaced by another grant. Even though the grant may be replaced, there are many who are unhappy with the proposal.

SASSA want to replace R350 grant with the new grant

According to Dr Gilad Isaacs of the Institute for Economic Justice, the number of successful applicants has decreased by half. Many believe the eligibility criteria are “unacceptable”, as they have denied approximately five million applicants. 

Currently, Isaacs is proposing to further segment the current group eligible into three groups and offer some the SRD [grant], some various alternatives, and others to exclude them completely. SRD grants were denied to individuals for a variety of reasons.

It was justified that the government would not be able to afford to expand the R350 grant to individuals. Others believe that “social grants make people lazy and dependent on the government”, but this is not proven. 

The way individuals answered the questionnaire excluded them from the R350 grant. Many people have received support over the past month in order to get through the month, which is asked in the questionnaire.

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SRD SASSA want to replace R350 grant with the new grant

There is a possibility that these individuals did not receive an income, but they might have had to borrow money to pay for necessities from family or neighbours. Despite this, many people are excluded since they answered yes to the question due to the lack of specificity of the question. 

Individuals are able to put food on the table and pay for their monthly needs, such as water, electricity, rent, and transportation, when they receive a grant that meets the poverty line.

In order to ensure its accessibility to all, the Institute aims to gradually increase the SRD grant. A few months ago, they presented solutions to the president aimed at making this happen.

Social Development Department has received proposals from the Institute for Economic Justice including:

  • SRD grant recipients are no longer excluded.
  • All those between the ages of 18 and 59 who are in need can apply for the grant.
  • A minimum of the poverty line should be met by the SRD grant. 

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