In a significant move aimed at supporting vulnerable South Africans, President Cyril Ramaphosa Announces that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, commonly known as the R350 grant, will continue to be disbursed. The president expressed the government’s commitment to maintaining this critical relief mechanism, which has become a lifeline for millions facing economic hardships.
Origins of SRD Grants : Ramaphosa Announces Continuation of SRD Grant
The SRD grant was first introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns in 2020. Initially intended as a short-term measure, the government extended the grant for three months to assist those most affected. Over time, the grant has witnessed multiple extensions and reintroductions to address ongoing economic challenges.
Budget Allocations for Social Grants
President Ramaphosa highlighted that approximately 60% of the government’s budget is dedicated to social wages, emphasizing the commitment to uplift the economically disadvantaged. Social wages encompass a range of support services, including basic needs such as water, electricity, and waste removal, provided by the government to combat poverty and hunger.
Extensive Reach of SRD Grants
The SRD grant has proven indispensable, with over seven million South Africans benefiting from the support provided by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). This grant, currently reaching around 7.8 million people, plays a pivotal role in countering the escalating cost of living.
Targeted Basic Income Support
President Ramaphosa revealed that a mechanism for targeted basic income support for the most vulnerable is under development. This initiative, mindful of the country’s fiscal constraints, aims to provide support where it is needed most.
“Using the data across government to make sure we reach everyone who needs it is a continuation of the innovative work we have been doing through the SRD Grant,” explained President Ramaphosa.
Permanent Social Grants Increase
In addition to the ongoing SRD grant, the president announced an increase in permanent social grants. This measure aligns with the government’s strategy to mitigate the impact of rising costs on citizens.
As the government continues its efforts to alleviate financial burdens, President Ramaphosa assured the public that the innovative strategies deployed through the SRD Grant will persist. This commitment reflects a comprehensive approach to social welfare and economic stability.
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