Below is How To Apply For a Basic Income Grant In South Africa
The previous SRD grant expired on 30 April 2021 and this means that all those who had previously applied must re-apply again, Zulu said. The grants are for people who are:
A South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee registered on the Home Affairs database, or other eligible permit holders;
Currently residing within the borders of South Africa;
Over 18 years of age and under 60;
Not receiving any other social grant;
Not receiving any employment benefits or student benefits;
Not receiving any other government funding or support.
Caregivers who are not receiving any grant on their own behalf will also have to apply for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant.
There will be no retrospective payments for the months the grant was not in existence – from May to July 2021 – and the new applications will only be effective from August 2021.
The applications shall be considered from the month of application and paid up to 31 March 2022, provided the qualifying criteria continue to be met.
All applications must be done electronically/digitally and any of the following frontline application channels may be used:
Through the website at https://srd.sassa.gov.za;
Through the WhatsApp line on 082 046 8553; or
The USSD line *134*7737#
Move toward permanent income grant
Zulu said that the Covid-19 relief measures were estimated to have reduced the number of households with incomes below the food poverty line from 20.6% to 18.8%, and a reduction in inequality from 0.644 to 0.613.
Research showed that the majority of recipients used the money to buy food, she said.
“We have also highlighted that the Special Covid-19 SRD grant should ideally be a stepping stone to a basic income grant.
“We are currently working on the policy aspects surrounding this, including the implementation and resource mobilization aspects related to this grant, working with various stakeholders through a series of consultations and will provide updates on same accordingly.”
During the first iteration of the SRD grant, Zulu said that almost 10 million applications were received with just over six million approved for payment at a cost of R24 billion.
An additional R15 billion was paid as top-ups for a period of six months to all grant types.
How much must you earn to qualify for the Sassa grant?
You may not earn more than R78 120 if you are single or R 156 240 if married. You may not have assets worth more than R1 115 400 if you are single or R2 230 800 if you are married.
Who qualifies for a grant in South Africa?
Be a South African citizen or have permanent residency. Not earn more than R48 000 a year (R4 000 a month) if you’re single. If you’re married, your combined income shouldn’t be above R96 000 a year (R8 000 a month).