Latest SASSA News Today 29th January 2022

Latest SASSA News Today 29th January 2022

In todays latest SASSA News – To help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Sassa introduced the R350 grant. Last week, activists requested for President Cyril Ramaphosa and Ministers to make the Covid-19 SRD grant a permanent basic income grant.

The Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant is available to anyone in South Africa who is unemployed and does not receive any form of income or assistance from the government. However, in July 2021, eligibility for the grant was extended to people who received a child support grant.

The group of activists included the Institute for Economic Justice, the Black Sash, and Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute as well as a few others. They met with President Cyril Ramaphosa to request a permanent basic income grant of R624.

These civil society organisations asked that the President set up a task team with experts to handle the immediate extension and increase of the Covid-19 SRD grant.

According to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), approximately ten million applicants have been approved to receive the R350 grant.

During the meeting, the need to extend the grant and the advantages of implementing a permanent basic income was reiterated by the activists.

The organisations released a statement saying that without the SRD grant, poverty would have been 5% higher among the underprivileged. The grant not only helped 36 million people directly and indirectly but also increased the likelihood of job searches.

Rachel Bukasa, the Director of Black Sash, stated that she feels quite positive about the way the government reacted to their request.

Even though no firm commitment was given to extend the SRD grant, Ramaphosa acknowledged, in a statement,  the impact the grant has had in reducing poverty.

According to the Presidency, further discussions will be held with the organisations.

“The meeting affirmed the need to work towards affordable and sustainable social protection mechanisms that complement job creation and drive local demand, with due consideration of the fiscal implications,” read the statement.

Originally posted 2022-08-29 20:09:08.