SASSA issues grants to vulnerable South Africans all over. The month of October is about to come to an end so here are the payment dates for the various grants SASSA issues. SASSA has also said that no top ups will continue to be made on grants.
Old Age And Linked Grants 3 November
Disability And Linked Grants 4 November
All Unlinked Children’s Grants 5 November
All unlinked children’s grants includes Foster Care grants, Care Dependency grants and Child Support grants.
The temporary disability grants that lapsed in July, or were due to lapse between August – October 2020, have been extended until 31 December this year. Care dependency grants that were extended to October, or were due to lapse between November – December 2020, have been extended until 31 December this year.
During his address on government’s reconstruction and economic recovery plan last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa said:
All the top-ups which were linked to other forms of grants have come to an end and anybody who has been getting that top-up would not be extended until January.
When announcing that the the Special Relief of Distress R350 grant would be extended until January, the President also made it clear that top-ups will not continue to be made on grants from SASSA. SASSA also previously announced that they would be extending temporary grants until December.
SASSA confirmed this and stated:
All the top up amounts for the social grants (Old Age, Disability, War Veterans, Child Support, Foster Child and Care Dependency) have come to an end. The grant amounts as from November will revert to pre-covid amounts. There is no extension to the top up amounts.
President Ramaphosa announced that the R350 grant would be extended for another three months and will then be terminated in January 2021. There was bad news however from the President. He explained that it would be too expensive for the country to make the R350 grant a permanent feature.
During his address on the country’s economic recovery plan, the President did however mention that there are talks happening about introducing a Basic Income Grant. Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, has also spoken on this before.
Should the Basic Income Grant be introduced, it would be for individuals between the ages of 18 and 59 who as Zulu says, “tend to fall between social grants”.
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