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SASSA R350 Grant Extended For Another 3 Months

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The R350 grant that was introduced to help those who are under particular distress during the lockdown has been extended for a further three months.  President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement when he spoke to both houses of parliament about the future of the social grant, and the government's plans for kickstarting the economy.

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There's great news for those who have benefited from the R350 special relief of distress grant from SASSA which has been available during lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed parliament today and confirmed that the grant will be extended for another three months.  It was due to stop at the end of October.

However the long term status of the special grant is not what many had hoped for.  Minister Lindiwe Zulu spoke at the weekend about the discussions happening in the ANC about making the grant permanent. There has long been a call for a Basic Income Grant for those aged 18 to 60 - the age group who are too old for child support grants and too young for old age grants.

There was bad news however from the President. He explained that it would be too expensive for the country to make the R350 grant a permanent feature.

Also announced in the President's speech about the government's R100 billion employment stimulus package was news of the plans to create 800 000 employment opportunities over the next three years.

“We have committed R100 billion over the next three years to create jobs through public and social employment, as the labour market recovers," said Ramaphosa. The economy contracted by 16.4% when compared to the previous quarter - and National Treasury expects a significant shortfall in revenue collection. 

The President said government is going to create 300 000 opportunities for young people to be engaged as education and school assistants at schools throughout the country to help teachers with basic and routine work, so that more time is spent on teaching, enabling learners to catch up on time lost because of the lockdown.   

More than 60 000 jobs will be created for labour-intensive maintenance and construction of municipal infrastructure and rural roads. 

To support the healthcare system, an additional 6 000 community health workers and nursing assistants will be deployed, as government proceeds with the implementation of the National Health Insurance. 

 

 

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