SASSA R350 grant

Lindiwe Zulu has admitted that the R350 grant will be made available to FEWER people -Photo: Supplied

SASSA: Black Sash calls for R350 SRD grant to be increased

Black Sash which advocates for social justice said the benefits of the COVID-19 R350 SRD grant provided by SASSA cannot be underestimated.

SASSA R350 grant

Lindiwe Zulu has admitted that the R350 grant will be made available to FEWER people -Photo: Supplied

Human rights organisation, Black Sash has called for the R350 SRD SASSA grant to be increased, improved and expanded. 

The organisation has been on the forefront along with other organisations who have urged for the R350 SRD to be extended beyond the initial deadline and called for a universal Basic Income Grant (BIG).


Black Sash said the benefits of the SRD grant cannot be underestimated. 

“It is crucial that the government addresses the glaring gaps in the current social assistance framework for the unemployed. In line with this, a permanent Basic Income Support programme for those aged 18 to 59 years with little to no income must be implemented before the SRD Grant is terminated in March 2023.

“Poverty, inequality and unemployment are not mere challenges, they are the most profound crisis confronting democratic South Africa.  A comprehensive response to our socio-economic crisis should include effectively implementing job creation programmes, creating an enabling environment for job creation to flourish, and providing quality basic services in conjunction with permanent basic income support.” 

Black Sash


During his State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country’s social protection system has provided support to more than 10 million unemployed people.

He said given the proven benefits of the SASSA R350 grant, which was due to expire next month, it would be extended for a further year.

During this extension, the government would engage in consultations and other technical work to identify the best options to replace the grant.

The president said it remains the government’s ambition to establish a basic income grant, of some sort; or, as he put it – “a minimum level of support for those in greatest need.”

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