Here Is The Timeline Of The R350 Grant From Its Beginning To Today. The R350 grant has served as a crucial lifeline for thousands of unemployed individuals since its inception in 2020. Originally introduced as a response to the economic hardships brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, its timeline reflects numerous extensions and adjustments aimed at providing ongoing support to vulnerable communities.
May 2020 – Introduction of R350 Grant
In May 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the initiation of a special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant worth R350 per month. This measure aimed to assist unemployed individuals for a period of six months, excluding beneficiaries of other social grants or Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits.
October 2020 – First Extension of R350 Grant
By October 2020, the Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, extended the R350 grant until January 2021. This extension, announced during the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, reflected its effectiveness in aiding the unemployed, with approximately 6 million beneficiaries at the time.
February 2021 – Three-Month Extension Announced
During the 2021 State of the National Address (SONA), President Ramaphosa declared a further extension of the R350 grant for three months, acknowledging its significant impact on mitigating immediate financial strains for impoverished South Africans.
April 2021 – Conclusion of R350 Grant Implementation
The implementation of the R350 grant concluded in April 2021, marking the final disbursement of payments to beneficiaries by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).
July 2021 – Reinstatement of R350 Grant
In July 2021, President Ramaphosa reinstated the R350 grant until March 2022, citing improved revenue collection as the rationale behind the government’s ability to afford its continuation.
February 2022 – 12-Month Extension
During the 2022 SONA, President Ramaphosa announced a further 12-month extension of the SRD grant until March 2023, accompanied by a transition in legislation under which the grant was provided.
July 2022 – Threshold Adjustment for Increased Eligibility
In July 2022, the income threshold for the R350 grant was raised to R624, with the anticipation of extending eligibility to more individuals in need.
October 2022 – Another 12-Month Extension
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced in October 2022 a subsequent 12-month extension of the R350 grant, prolonging its provision until March 2024, albeit with considerations for future sustainability.
February 2023 – Intent to Continue Grant Implementation
During the 2023 SONA, President Ramaphosa affirmed the government’s commitment to continuing the R350 grant, though plans beyond March 2024 remained undisclosed.
November 2023 – Further Extension
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced on November 2, 2023, yet another extension of the R350 grant, pushing its end date to March 2025, emphasizing ongoing support for beneficiaries.