South Africans Disappointed That SRD Grant Will Be Increased by R20 to R370

South Africans Disappointed That SRD Grant Will Be Increased by R20 to R370

  • Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana announced that the Social Relief of Distress grant has been increased to R370
  • Godongwana said that the increase will be effective from 1 April 2024
  • South Africans are in disagreement and do not accept the increase as some believe it's too little

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered policy changes, the State of the Nation Address, politician-related news and elections at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for over seven years. Do you have a hard news story you would like to share? Email with CA in the subject line.

The Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, announced that the SRD grant will increase by R20 on 1 April
Enoch Godongwana increased the SRD grant to R370. Images: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images and Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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CAPE TOWN – Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced that the Social Relief of Distress Grant has been increased to R370. This means that it increased by R20, an amount people are not satisfied with.

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SRD to increase to R370

According to SA News, Godongwana announced this in Parliament on Wednesday, 13 March 2024. Godongwana said that the increase is part of the progressive realisation of the fundamental rights of South African citizens.

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His announcement comes after he revealed the grant increase during the Budget Speech. He said R100 would increase the old age, disability, care and war veterans' grants. He remarked that the government was also sensitive to the increase in the cost of living for the 19 million people who rely on the social grant system.

South Africans commenting on @eNCA's tweet are in disbelief as they reject the SRD grant increase.

The Real Jay asked:

"Just 20 bucks extra? This has to be 'The Matrix' or something."

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Xuffler said:

"What a joke."

Thami said:

"They must create jobs and stop with his nonsense."

Grootman observed:

"19 million times 370. The answer can create permanent jobs for people. The government doesn't want honesty, they rather give you R370 than permanent jobs"

Men sku joked:

"Is Cyril Ramatress buying votes?"

Public Protector warns that Mzansi could be a welfare state

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka warned that the country could be a welfare state.

She said this is because the country's millions depend on social grants. She added that because of the decline in the economy, the country is on its path to becoming a welfare state.

Source: Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: