Wednesday | 22 April | 2020
By Reon Janse van Rensburg
On Tuesday evening (22 April) Pres Cyril Ramaphosa announced an increase in the existing grant and also introduced a new grant. These announcements form part of an aid package of R500 billion to address the Covid-19 pandemic and the crisis it has caused and to give assistance to the poor. R50 billion has been set aside to fund the increase in the grant that will be given to needy citizens during the coming six months
New Covid-19 grant for those in social distress
In terms of the new grant, which is to be administered by the Department of Social Development, R350 will be paid for the next six months to unemployed persons who do not receive any other support or grant from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and who qualify for it.
Although no further details are available on how the grant will work, there is already a link on the department’s website. The website advises visitors to dial 0800 60 10 11 or to send an e-mail to email@example.com .
The link to the site is – https://www.sassa.gov.za/newsroom/articles/Pages/social-relief-of-distress-application.aspx
Vouchers and food parcels
In the coming week, the Department of Social Development plans to distribute 250 000 food parcels across the country in collaboration with non-governmental organisations, community organisations and government’s Solidarity Fund. In his speech the president also referred to other methods that will be implemented such as vouchers and cash transfers that can be done electronically.
The value of all existing grans will be increased for six months
- Child grant – The child grant that is paid monthly is currently R445 and in May it will be increased by R300 to R745, and from June to October by R500 to R945.
Other allowances are increased by R250 for the next six months
- Age allowance – This grant is paid to people up to the age of 75 and is currently R1 860 per month. It will be increased by R250 to R2 110 per month for the next six months, while people of 75 years and older who are currently receiving an allowance of R1 880 will also receive an increase of R250 for the next six months and will receive R2 130 from May to October.
- Foster care allowance – The amount increases from R1 040 to R1 290
- Disability allowance and care dependence allowance –The amount increases from R1 860 to R2 110
* All information was correct at the time of publication.