COVID-19 R350 Grant: why the poor must apply despite challenges

By Andile Mngxitama On 11 May 2020, the Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, announced the government’s revised criteria and requirements for the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant of R350 for the poor. This includes the period of the SRD Grant being from May to October 2020; payment methods; who qualifies; and compulsory …

COVID-19 R350 Grant: BLF’s outstanding questions & call on poor to apply

Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu Yesterday the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, announced the following revised criteria and payment methods for the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant of R350 for the poor: 1. The Grant of R350 per month is payable from May to October 2020 to qualifying applicants. 2. …

‘We Blacks, the grants people!’

By BO Staff Writer The leader of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement, Andile Mngxitama, took to Facebook, after another 1 month ban from the platform, to express his thoughts on the grants saga and the place of black people within it. “Whilst I was in exile from Facebook, I was shocked by how …

Will Pravin Gordhan punish the poor for banks?

By BO Staff Writer The South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) saga is being turned into an opportunity to surrender the lucrative administration of grants to the banks. Sources close to the departments say the grant crisis has pitted Minister for Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini against Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan. Dlamini has put up …