Not only is the R350 grant returning to South Africa, but eligible citizens can now claim for the SRD payment each month, until early 2022.
Cyril has delivered the goods on Sunday evening. Not only did he ease the lockdown laws for South Africa, placing the country into Level 3 measures, but he also confirmed that an old favourite would make a return: The discontinued R350 grant is making a comeback, and will be available for the next SEVEN MONTHS.
HOW LONG WILL THE R350 GRANT BE AVAILABLE FOR?
The president attributed this change in fortunes to ‘increased tax revenue collection’, freeing up some fiscal space to make the SRD payment – which was claimed by millions of South Africans since its introduction – available once more. It will now be in place until March 2022, where it’s expected to eventually be replaced by a larger Basic Income Grant.
WHO CAN NOW CLAIM FOR THE R350 GRANT?
This news follows an intense period of looting and riots in South Africa, and the images have been seen across the world. People trapped in the endless cycle of poverty and joblessness took advantage of the volatile situation earlier this month, and President Ramaphosa is seemingly convinced about the best way to appease the public.
Ramaphosa also revealed that, as well as all out-of-work citizens aged 18-59 who receive no other grants, unemployed caregivers who DO receive other SASSA payments will now be able to claim the R350-per-month handouts. The programme has been expanded, and struggling South Africans now have their safety net back.
RAMAPHOSA ON REINSTATING SRD PAYMENTS
“We are reinstating the R350 grant. This will provide a monthly payment for applicants, right up until the end of March 2022. This has been made possible by the slight improvement we have seen in our revenue collection.”
“We will expand the application process for this grant for unemployed caregivers receiving child support grants. This will build on our existing social protection system – and this is our country’s ability to demonstrate its care for the vulnerable.”
Cyril Ramaphosa .