South African Government is witnessing a growing need, via SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) to extend R350 SRD (Social Relief of Distress) to become a Universal Basic Income Grant (UBIG). Growing hunger and poverty due to Covid19 sparked the highest unemployment rate.
What is Basic Income Grant in South Africa?
Minister Lindiwe Zulu mentioned that: “The reintroduction of the social relief of distress (R350 SRD) grant is a stepping stone towards a basic income grant, and eligible candidates can begin applying as soon as Friday”, and that is the latest news on basic income grant.
Will I qualify for a Basic Income Grant?
Yes, for the longest time, SASSA’s focus was on the old-aged, disabled and children to address poverty regarding grants, but the unemployed population is left out. Requirements are if you are a:
- South African citizen
- Aged between 18-59
How to apply for South Africa Basic Income Grant
Citizens currently receiving R350 SRD from “SASSA” might not have to re-apply but, a review of applications might apply. Should the Basic Income Grant be agreed upon by South African social services and parliament, potential applicants must visit SASSA offices or SASSA Basic Income Grant Online Application.
Can my application be rejected? Yes, but most of the time, YES. You can read on what makes a SASSA application fail on the link.
How much is Basic Income Grant?
The amount is R1500 per month to a successful applicant. The unclaimed fund has to be collected before a set number of months or else forfeited. The amount is only paid directly to the applicant’s bank account.
Why is Basic Income Grant necessary for South Africa?
The main aim of this Grant is to uplift poor people to at least above the poverty line. Namibia Basic Income is a success because the project significantly reduced child malnutrition and increased school attendance. In South Africa, an increased number of recipients will result in more people participating in various economic activities.