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Implementation of COVID-19 SRD Grant Underway

July 18, 2022

Department of Social Development

Implementation of the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant is underway.

In a statement, the social development department confirmed that the new iteration of the SRD grant applies from 1 March 2022 until 31 March 2023.

Proposed Amendments to Regulations Relating to Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress were recently published for comment in Government Gazette 46680 in terms of the Social Assistance Act.

The deletion of sub-regulation (4) to Regulation 2 on bank verification is proposed.

A proposed sub-regulation (5) to Regulation 2 adjusts the income threshold for insufficient means to R624 per person per month.

A proposed sub-regulation (5A) stipulates that the social development minister may from time to time, in concurrence with the finance minister, amend the income threshold for insufficient means.

The draft amendments also seek to delete sub-regulation (2) on duration of payment in Regulation 5.

Comment is invited until 29 July 2022.

According to the department, a total of 11,4 million people applied for the grant, of whom 43% are male and 57% female; caregivers of the child support grant beneficiaries account for 4 million of the applicants and youth under the age of 35 years account for 60% of the applications with 40% of the applicants holding a grade 12 qualification and 5% a tertiary education.

The department also pointed out that, for June 2022 applications, 5.273 million beneficiaries were approved with 3.729 million having been paid.

The department voiced concern that, out of 11.4 million applicants for the month of June, only 5.2 million beneficiaries were approved representing less than 50% of applications.