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As 50% of South Africans rely on the R350 Social Relief Distress (SRD) grant, millions of citizens might lose out their grants due to the newly introduced systems and regulations by the Social African Social Security Agency (SASSA).
There are approximately 10 million beneficiaries who depend on the monthly R350 special Covid-19 social relief of distress (SRD) grant.
This increases the number of South Africans who rely on social transfers to about 47%,” their presentation read.
Sassa says it will pay SRD R350 grant to the qualifying from mid-June.
According to the government, the delay for disbursing the grants was due to the ‘means test’.
The new grant relief regulations includes bank conducting means test on applicants, this means that if you receive more than R350 in your bank balance, then you will not be eligible to get Covid-19 relief grant.
“Sassa will continue clearing outstanding payments from the previous circle as and when the banking details are confirmed,
“The payments will not be done together, but will be done month by month,” said Sassa on Twitter.
This means only about 10,5 million people will benefit and the other millions will not.
So the question is with rising food price and unemployment rate is this new criteria fair enough?
The Statistics SA commonly known as StatsSA announced in their previous reports that inflation rate for the month of April was 5,9%, of which is high.
“Annual food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation softened, edging lower to 6,0% from 6,2% in March. The monthly rate quickened to 0,7% from 0,6%, with notable increases for oils and fats (up 5,4%), hot beverages (up 1,3%) and meat (up 1,0%),” StatsSA said on statement.
Many South African were reacting to 2 litre cooking oil being almost R100.
“In terms of meat, there were notable increases for stewing beef (up 2,8%), mince (up 2,2%) and individually quick frozen (IQF) chicken portions (up 1,4%),” added the report.
An increase in meat prices caused many South Africans to switch from meat to vegetables or other food types that are inexpensive.
The fuel prices is also increasing, which means also taxi fare will increase. This will impact the passengers who do not fall under new regulations.