Applications for Social Distress Relief Grants Open Friday – SABC News

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Poor South Africans can start applying for the Social Relief of Distress grant from Friday.

The R350 social assistance grant will also be available for caregivers this time around.

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced the reintroduction of the grant amid concerns about the impact of violence and looting on the poorest of the poor.

People are encouraged to make sure their bank details or cell phone numbers are correct when making a request, as this is the key to receiving payment.

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu on Thursday called on South Africans who have yet to receive their approved grant for distress social assistance to collect it before the end of the month.

Zulu says everyone must reapply for the second round, even if they qualified and received grants the first time around.

She says half a million grants have yet to be collected from post office branches.

Zulu provides details on the grant:

Long term solution

The monthly temporary subsidy for the unemployed, extended until the end of March 2022, will cost the tax authorities R27 billion for the next seven months.

Wits School of Economics principal researcher Lumkile Mondli says that while the allocated funds will help needy South Africans access basic needs in the short term, a longer term solution is needed.

Mondli develops in the video below:

“R350 too little”

While communities say they welcome the reinstatement of the R350 welfare grant, many argue that it is far too little and does not go far enough to cover their basic needs.

SABC reporter Chriselda Lewis tells us more:

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