The SACP (South African Communist Party) has called for the Sassa R350 Covid-19 relief grant to be permanently paid to the unemployed citizens of South Africa. The Sassa grant relief is set to be paid every month as a six months plan, however, the SACP wants to extend this beyond the period and make it compulsory for everyone who is unemployed.
Speaking to News24, Mashilo confirmed that SAPC has indeed ‘proposed that South Africa should consider a minimum income support grant, especially taking into account long-term structural unemployment where the unemployed do not have any form of a grant or are not covered by the Unemployment Insurance Fund.’
SASSA will be administering the grants from April towards October, as it was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
SASSA announced in a statement that by 31 May 2020 ‘116 867 clients were paid for the Special COVID-19 SRD Grant. In addition, to date, over 3,5 million were checked to confirm if they are either active SASSA grant recipients, are on the UIF database, or receive an NSFAS stipend.’
Busisiwe Memeza also mentioned over 13 million enquiries/application, and this was on the 25 May.
“We have received approximately 13 million enquiries/
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