SASSA R350 Grant Dates 2024-2025

There’s Green Light that SASSA R350 Grant Will Be Extended -read full details below

The possibility of the SASSA R350 grant becoming a permanent feature in social grants has been discussed previously. Now, as it nears its end, we wonder whether it will stay and be extended or not.

“The SRDG grant which has been going to those who are not covered by pensions, UIF, or as caregivers by the Child Support Grant must now be converted as an urgent priority, into a Universal Basic Income Guarantee. Without this small but desperately needed lifeline many households will fall into deeper distress,” said the Minister.

The SACP national spokesperson, Alex Mashilo, made the same proposal in a press briefing in June and said, “As part of the alliance, the SACP has proposed that South Africa should consider a minimum income support grant, especially taking into account long-term structural unemployment where the unemployed do not have any form of a grant or are not covered by the Unemployment Insurance Fund.”

The Pay The Grants Campaign has also called for SASSA to make a social grant for unemployed persons between 18 and 59 years old a permanent thing.

The Pay The Grants campaign was launched through the Cash Transfers group set up by the C19 People’s Coalition and is there to give a voice to people who are being left out or who are being left to now wait for months for something to survive on.

They stated that this is the first time in our country’s history that people who fall between 18 and 59 years old and who are unemployed can get state assistance under the social grant system. They are also asking of Government to introduce a permanent form of income guarantee outside of lockdown. From this SRD grant, it’s seen that “a basic income guarantee is within the state’s reach,” said the campaign.

SASSA has previously responded to these calls and said that the agency doesn’t have the necessary funds to extend the grant and that it would be up to the National Treasury.

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