Sassa is there to provide social grants to people who are “vulnerable to poverty and in need of state support” so that their standard of living can be improved. The current state of South Africa and the impact lockdown has had on the economy and employment in the country, many people have had their standard of living be significantly decreased while a major loss of jobs has also been seen.
Earlier in the week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced to the nation that R500 billion will be used for grants and funding to account for the effects of the National Lockdown. One of these relief strategies is that of a sum of R350 being given to people who are unemployed and have no access to other grants, which could possibly account for millions of individuals. This grant will be distributed for a period of six months.
Some have said that it is impossible for someone to live off of R350 per month. If you do your calculations, that would amount to R12 per day which is basically the price of a loaf of bread. It’s also important to note that it is not R350 per household but rather R350 for any person who is eligible to receive it.
Busisiwe Memela, CEO of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), has elaborated on the Social Relief of Distress Grant, expanding upon application criteria and payment systems