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The R350 Grant Has Been Extended, Did The Srd Grant Increase?



The R350 Grant Has Been Extended, Did The Srd Grant Increase?

The R350 Grant Has Been Extended, Did The Srd Grant Increase? In a recent announcement, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana declared the extension of the R350 Relief Grant, also known as the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, until March 2025. While this extension brings relief to many beneficiaries, questions linger about whether the grant amount is also set to increase.

Understanding the Origins of the SRD GrantI

ntroduced during the height of the Covid-19 crisis in 2020, the SRD grant aimed to mitigate financial distress for individuals severely impacted by the pandemic. Initially intended to cease at the pandemic’s end, the grant has persistently been extended to support the post-pandemic recovery of financially vulnerable South African citizens.

The Landscape of Sassa Grants

 The SRD Grant is one of several grants administered by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). Other grants include the Older Person’s Grant, War Veteran’s Grant, Disability Grant, Foster Child’s Grant, Care Dependency Grant, and the Child Support Grant. Certain grants, such as the Child Support Grant Top-Up and Grant-in-Aid, can be received in conjunction with others to provide additional assistance.

The Burning Question: Will the SRD Grant Amount Increase?

Despite the extension of the SRD Grant until March 2025, the grant amount remains at R350 per month. There is currently no indication from the Department of Social Development that an increase is imminent. Fiscal constraints have been cited as the primary reason for the lack of an increment, despite the department’s appeals to the National Treasury.

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Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu and Brenda Sibeko, the Deputy Director-General, have expressed their desire for an increase in the SRD grant. However, as of now, there has been no official confirmation of any impending increment, and the grant continues to stand at R350 per month.

Recent Sassa Grant Increases

Sassa officially increased the value of several grants on October 1, 2023. Notably, almost all grants, excluding the R350 grant and the Child Support Grant Top-Up, received an increase. Permanent grants, including the Older Person Grants, Disability Grants, Child Support Grants, Foster Child Grants, War Veterans Grants, and Care Dependency Grants, saw an increment of R10.

This adjustment means that the Old Age Grant, Care Dependency Grant, and Disability Grant now stand at R2090, while the War Veterans Grant has increased to R2110.

Application Reminder

For those who qualify and are not currently receiving the SRD grant, applications remain open. Ensure that you provide accurate details during the application process to ensure the smooth disbursement of your grant payment.


The extension of the R350 Relief Grant provides ongoing support to vulnerable citizens. While the grant amount remains unchanged, ongoing discussions and appeals for an increase suggest that the landscape may evolve. Keeping abreast of official announcements from the Department of Social Development will be crucial for those relying on the SRD grant for financial assistance.

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