Changes to the SRD Grant Income Threshold
Every South African applied for the SRD grant, after which the large application volumes were also reduced due to the new standard set by the Department of Social Development. We have officially announced the changes to its criteria.
In April 2022, the state of disaster was lifted and the Social Assistance in Distress Grant (SRD Grant) began to be administered under the new Social Assistance Act.
This changed the qualification criteria for existing recipients of SRD grants. By law, the income eligibility threshold for the SRD grant became R350.
Recently, the Minister of the Department of Social Development (DSD), Lindiwe Zulu, modified these criteria.
With the amended income threshold, it is then in line with the national food poverty threshold, which is also R624.
According to Statistics South Africa, the adjustment to the national food poverty line is due to the cost of living.
During the 2022 State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the SRD grant would be extended until March 2023.
Social development has also been allocated a budget of R44 billion, which can only accommodate 10.5 million SRD grant recipients by the end of this period.
At a meeting of the National Assembly, Zulu confirmed that the Treasury had provided additional budgetary allocations to various government departments to create much-needed employment opportunities.
According to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), the aim is to help recipients of SRD grants access employment opportunities.
Sassa is also in the process of establishing a data-sharing relationship with the Department of Public Works and the Department of Employment and Labor to make this a reality.