R350 Grant Set To End In March 2022
Applications might not have opened for the Special Relief of Distress grant yet but we do know when they will come to an end. Government is said to be spending near to R27 billion on the reinstatement of this grant.
Yes, you read right, the Special Relief of Distress (SRD) grant will run until March 2022. This is one of the few things we know about the grant’s reinstatement.
Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, said in a previous briefing that he cannot say if government will be able to maintain the grant beyond the March 2022 deadline. This reinstatement alone will cost government almost R27 billion.
Many believe that government should look at their budget and reprioritise funds to help those who are vulnerable and need it to access food and basic needs.
The R350 grant is geared towards those who have no income during the lockdown period.
SASSA R350 Grant Applications
SASSA has said made it clear that they’ll be starting from scratch with applications for the reintroduction of the grant. This means that if you applied with the previous round, you will have to apply again.
Mervyn Abrahams from the Economic Justice and Dignity Group says that this should not happen and that with those who were approved before, “it should just automatically be rolled out”.
Another thing we know is that unemployed caregivers who currently receive the child support grant will also be able to apply for the grant this time around as Government realised that caregivers and mothers need the money more and rely on the child support grant. This means that the R350 will be added to their existing grant.
We have called on government to include the R350 with every payout of the child support grant. There is no need to re-register mothers who claim the child support grant. That should just automatically be given to those women because it is on the system. It can be more efficient.
He says that re-applications will lead to grants not being paid properly and that things should instead be done more efficiently.
“Let us use an efficient system and let us get the money through to people on a day that you know they will get paid that R350. It must be regular and it must be paid on the same day each month so that people can even take loans against the R350,” says Abrahams.
Applications for the grant are not open yet with the previous round’s applications having closed at the end of April this year.
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