A total of 42,329 beneficiaries have cancelled their R350 Social Relief of Distress grant (SRD) administered by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).
This is due to their improved conditions to an extent that they no longer needed the grant, said Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu at a media briefing on Friday on social relief measures to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is important for us to thank them because we didn’t have to go around searching for them. They did it out of their conscience and understanding there are other people who are still in a worse situation who need the money,” she said.
The grant has been extended for another three months, with 65,795 new applications having been received.
“The 9.7 million that have already applied will continue to be reassessed monthly and qualifying applicants will continue to be paid in the same way,” said Zulu.
The department has spent more than R17 billion benefiting those in need of direct income support.
“We anticipate that by the end of the period, we would have spent over R22 billion to support this group of beneficiaries.”