Termination of social relief of distress grant

By: Palesa Makanyane


Following the implementation of the Coronavirus lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a social relief of distress (SRD) grant for all unemployed South African citizens.


The sum of R350 has made a difference in the country, as many people have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, with the goal of relieving hunger stress.


Unfortunately, it came to an end in April. This grant was a one-of-a-kind initiative that will leave people destitute and hungry.


Some social relief of distress grant recipients describe the grant’s termination as an increase in poverty.


“I’m not sure how we’ll survive from here on out. Some of us rely solely on this grant; where will we find work? The government finds joy in black people poverty,” Said Modipadi Makanyane.


While some are upset about the decision to cancel the grant, others are grateful for the opportunity that the government “for once thought about them.”


“The money helped me tremendously; I was able to apply for University applications, and it made everything so much easier. I was able to pay for airtime as well as application fees. I can say that the R350 SRD grant has made everything possible in my life,” said Kholo Mmaboki.


The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has reminded people that new applications will not be accepted. However, all applications that have been approved, as well as those who have not received their funds, will be paid.



Thapelo Motseo

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