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Ramaphosa Indicates That R350 Will Be Extended Over And Beyond March 2022

R350 GRANT UPDATES – THE R350 GRANT APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT MAY HAVE A POSSIBILITY OF BEING EXTENDED WAY BEYOND IT’S INITIAL END DATE.

This comes after SABC news reported that Mr President hinted that this SRD R350 relief grant may go beyond its initial end month.

Ramaphosa gave a strong signal about this,

as he said there may be a necessary need

for the R350 grant to be extended beyond that month.

When the R350 grant was first introduced,

it was meant to give short term relief to Unemployed people during the Covid-19 pandemic,

until October 2020.

However it was extended beyond that, and ended again in April 2021.

After the widespread looting in South Africa,

President Ramaphosa decided to reinstate the grant again in August 2021.

Ever since it was reinstated again, COSATU and other political parties

have called on to the government and challenged it to increase the amount and make it permanent.

“Subject to long-term affordability,

serious considerations should be given to extending further support to the unemployed and those who are structurally marginalised,

possibly in the form of the COVID-19, SRD grant,

targeted food poverty line support, and a number of other measures. ”

It was reported by SASSA that nine people applied for the Covid-19 relief grant,

within two weeks of its reinstatement last month, and calls for it to be permanent are still in place.

“There continues to be a significant demand on the government to continue with and expand income support measures for those living in poverty.

Further work needs to be done towards the achievement of comprehensive social security to ensure that all South Africans can live in comfort and dignity.”

Addressing the Cosatu mid-term national conference earlier on,

Cosatu President Zingiswa Losi slammed the Unemployment Insurance Fund for continuing delays in the payment of TERS to many distressed workers in the country.”

There is a sense of paralysis in the UIF by officials scared of being found wanting by the Auditor General.

However, Comrades, this is at the cost of thousands of workers waiting for three months for this relief.

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