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According to Cooperative Governance Minister, President Cyril Ramaphosa may announce the end of the State of Disaster next week. However, what will it mean for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant?

With the final matric exams set to begin the next five days the department of health has announced that it will halt its on-site school vaccination rollout to avoid disrupting schooling.


A report by the Department of Social Development on the implementation and use of the Covid-19 SRD grant revealed that many eligible beneficiaries were excluded.

South Africa's unstable economy and high rate of unemployment has led to many looking in the way of Basic Income Grant (BIG) as a solution to the crisis.  

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has faced some criticism after a group of SRD-Grant applicants picketed outside the Social Security Agency on Thursday.


The community of Phuku Village Sekhukhune, Limpopo has been left devastated after three of its pupils were murdered. The three children's bodies were discovered a few weeks after they went missing 



A recent study titled 'Teenage Pregnancy In South Africa With A Specific Focus On School-Going Learners' has found that social conditions and environment influence teen fertility rates. 

Vaccinations of the Early Childhood Development sector has now kicked off with some provinces having a delayed start. They aim to vaccinate almost 250 000 in the span of a few days. 

Teacher's union Sadtu has said that it is satisfied with the vaccine rollout for the education sector in the Eastern Cape. 

Amid the rollout of vaccines for the education sector, Early Childhood Development teachers feel let down after they were left out of the vaccination rollout. 

Black Sash and a few other organisations have sent an open letter requesting for the COVID-19 SRD Grant to be extended as many South Africans desperately need this grant as they are still living with the impacts of this pandemic.

Social Development decided to use R496 million to assist the Early Childhood Development sector as part of their relief measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the sector.


About 20% of applicants for the R350 SRD grant were rejected by SASSA due to being IRP5 registered, but what does this mean? Keep reading to find out.  

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has came under fire for only appointing a team of 10 staff members to handle thousands of appeals made by people who applied for the R350 Covid-19 social relief distress (SRD) grant and were rejected. 

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.

“I heard the government extended the grant for three months, but I am still waiting for my first payment to be approved” Residents of Orlando in Soweto, Johannesburg say they joined the line outside this post office as early as 4am in the hope of getting their R350 Covid-19 relief grants this week.

President Ramaphosa announced that SASSA is going to extend their Special Relief Distress grant of R350 for another three months. However, despite the grant being extended, the agency won't be taking new applications.

Economists warn that South Africa will not be able to afford to keep the R350 Covid-19 SRD grant permanently or the country will face an economic crisis.

Lindiwe Zulu, the Minister in charge of SASSA, has explained where the appeals process for the R350 grant is at and how they are being processed. The Department of Social Developmnt and SASSA has had to take a close look at their operations after the Auditor-General's report found many negatives.

The R350 grant offered by SASSA to those in need during the pandemic will come to and end this month. This has many asking, and then what? Will the grant be extended? The Minister in charge of these affairs, Lindiwe Zulu, has addressed it.