Increment In Grant, Beneficiaries, and Extension In SRD R350 are here. Take a look at SASSA Grant Increase for applicants payments.
Currently, the South African population consists of 60.6 million people. Millions of these people still face the aftermath of COVID-19 in the form of unemployment, poverty, and financial instability. The South African Government initiated numerous social grants during the pandemic to aid its people through SASSA.
SASSA grants have been helping people stabilize their basic needs. However, the recent inflation has brought people back to financial crises. Inflation in South Africa is increasing by 4.6% every year.
South Africans were already facing problems when 5% inflation hit their country in 2021. However, their needs are increasing day by day in 2022 since the inflation rate has increased to 8.1%.
Considering inflation and people’s demand for an increment in social grants, SASSA recently increased the grant and extended a Social Relief Of Distress Grant for one year.
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s Inaugural Speech
While addressing the inaugural speech for the budget of the year 2022, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana revealed big news regarding the increment in SASSA grants.
Below are some changes that were made in all the social grants in 2022!
Previously, the old age Grant was R1890 only. However, it has been increased to R1990 now, according to Enoch Godongwana. He revealed that R95 had been added to the Old Age Grant. That said, there is a 5% increase in it.
The Child Support Grant was R460. However, there is an increment in this grant as well. Now, the grant has been increased to R480.
The War Veterans Grant was R1910 only. However, this grant’s current 5% increment has raised it to R2005. This grant is also for those people who are 75 years old or above.
The Care Dependency grant is R1985 due to a 5% increment. It was R1890 previously.
1.9 increment in Foster Care grant raised it to R1070 from R1050.
The table shows the increment in all these grants.
|Grant||Previous Amount||Increment (Percentage)|
|Old Age Grant||R1890||5%|
|Child Support Grant||R480||4.3%|
|War Veterans grant||R2005||5%|
|Care Dependency Grant||R1890||5%|
|Foster Care Grant||R1985||5%|
Along with the increment in the grants, the number of beneficiaries will also be increased by 1.5%. According to SASSA, the number of beneficiaries will increase from 18.4 million to 19.2 million by the year 2025.
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana also revealed that the SASSA SRD R35 grant would be extended for a year. However, people are wondering why this extension took place first.
Well, 46% of South Africa’s population depends on these social grants to carry out their daily expenditures. Keeping in view the needs of these 27.7 million beneficiaries, SASSA was highly convinced that there should be an extension in the Social Relief Of Distress grant r350. The beneficiaries can also now check Sassa status online.
Even though the SASSA SRD R35 Grant is helping people, they are still unsatisfied with it. The increasing inflation in the country is alarming. Therefore, people are questioning whether or not they will be able to afford their expenses after the end of the grant.
Currently, there is no hint of more extension since the grant was entirely based on the pandemic. However, South Africans are still in the mud since they do not have any other income source. Therefore, people are highly distressed and want the government to either increase the grant and extend it or increase the number of jobs.
The future is undoubtedly problematic, but people are still a bit hopeful due to SASSA. The increment in SASSA will help South Africans afford basic necessities during this inflation. The beneficiaries can also check the payment date for the Sassa grant.
Putting it in a nutshell, there has been an increase in SASSA grants by a few percent. Moreover, the SRD R35 grant has been extended to 1 year as well. Furthermore, SASSA welcomes more people by increasing the number of beneficiaries by 1.5%. This announcement is indeed some hope for many South Africans.
However, people are still clueless about their future. No one has guaranteed them a better future, and the biggest question remains: “How will the South Africans carry out basic necessities when SASSA grants end?”