South Africans to reapply for the R350 grant as rules have been updated

South Africans will need to reapply for the R350 Social relief of distress grant after the Department of Social Development announced new regulations.

According to the department this is as the government moves away from the national state of disaster framework.

The grant was initially introduced and distributed under the Disaster Management Act to provide relief to those affected by Covid pandemic. Regulations have bow been revised and re-issued under the Social Assistance Act.

Civil society organisations have slammed the Department of Social Development (DSD) for its updated rules, narrowing the number of people who are now eligible to receive the relief.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during his State of the Nation address that the grant would be extended until end of March 2023. As more than 10 million people depend on state money.

The new income threshold has been lowered to R350 from the previous R624 was. The entire application process is still being done online on the SASSA website, where further communication will be issued.

by Everngelista Muza


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