basic income grant


The basic income grant is designed to provide income support for individuals  between 18 and 59 years old who are struggling and don't have any social assistance. In South Africa unions are pushing for a R1,500 basic income grant.

We've been hearing talks about Government introducing a basic income grant for months now but has anything solid been said yet? Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, has already addressed the possibility of the grant.

Human rights activists, Black Sash is calling for the Special R350 Covid-19 SRD grant which came an end on 30 April 2021, to be extended to unemployed people especially now that South Africa is on a Level 4 lockdown. 


SASSA has allocated billions of rands towards social grants for the 2021/22 financial year. Almost 100% of the department's budget goes to SASSA and the monthly payment of grants.

In Government's efforts to support the vulnerable during the pandemic, they have since issued R350s to millions of citizens needing financial assistance. There is now hope that a Basic Income Grant will be introduced as Minister Lindiwe Zulu gave some updates in her Budget Vote speech.

Advocacy group the Black Sash has called on the South African government to advance with the implementation of the proposed basic income grant as soon as possible. This is so that the grant can help those who have become impoverished due to the Covid-19 lockdown. 

With SASSA introducing the Special Relief of Distress Grant which saw beneficiaries receive R350 per month, further calls have come for a basic income grant to be introduced outside of the R350 grant and to continue after the pandemic.

SASSA's R350 grant which had many South Africans talking is set to expire soon. This Social Relief of Distress grant was set up to support unemployed South Africans during the national lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa once again mentioned Basic Income Relief for vulnerable South Africans. This further motivates vulnerable South Africans that they will receive additional financial support, possibly in the form of a Basic Income Grant.

Following all the buzz around the R350 grant offered by SASSA which comes to an end this month, many calls have come for government to introduce a Basic Income Grant. Well, President Ramaphosa has now addressed it.

Mmusi Maimane has announced that a Universal Basic Income Grant will be introduced in 2021 through non-profit company, RightFulShare. Many calls have come from South Africans and have been backed by politicians for a basic income grant to be implemented.

SASSA issues grants to vulnerable South Africans all over. The month of October is about to come to an end so here are the payment dates for the various grants SASSA issues. SASSA has also made an announcement on grant top ups.

Now that Government has rolled out support for the vulnerable during the pandemic, calls have come for Government to introduce a more permanent solution. Black Sash has started a campaign to work towards having Government introduce a Basic Income Grant.

During this pandemic, it has been difficult for many people to provide for their families. However with the assistance of the R350 grant payment, people have been able to pay for their basic needs. However, will this Basic Income Grant continue beyond October?

The Department of Social Development is looking to introduce a Basic Income Grant to help support unemployed individuals in the country.