As announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana during his Budget Speech in February, social grants increased on April 1, 2023, and will increase again on October 1, 2023.
As previously reported, Godongwana announced that R66 billion would be allocated to the Department of Social Development over the medium term, with R30 billion meant for “inflation-linked” increases in social grants, and R36 billion towards the extension of the R350 grant until 31 March 2024.
Let’s break down these increases:
October Social Grant Increases:
- Old Age and Disability Grants: These grants increased by R90 on April 1st and will receive an additional R10 increase on October 1st, bringing the total to R2090.
- Child Support Grant: On April 1st, this grant increased by R20, and it will see another R10 increase in October, reaching a total of R510.
- Foster Care Grant: This grant will experience a R60 increase, making it R1130 in total.
- Military Veterans Grant: Starting from April 1st, military veterans received a grant of R2100, which will be raised by R10 in October.
In total, these increases aim to provide more support to individuals and families receiving social grants.
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ANC CALLS FOR R350 SRD GRANT TO BE INCREASED TO R1500
However, there have been calls, including from the ANC Youth League president Collen Malatji, for additional measures such as introducing an unemployment grant and increasing the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to R1500.
These discussions reflect ongoing efforts to address the needs of South Africa’s citizens.