SASSA spokesperson has announced that the extra top up on old age, child grant and foster grants that applied during the COVID-19 lockdowns will no longer be paid only the R350 social relief grant will be extended until January 2021. The announcement was made after the President Government reconstruction and economic recovery plan.
“The South African Social Security Agency can confirm that that the R350 COVID-19 social grant would be extended with three months meaning until January however, all the top-ups which were linked to other forms of grants have come to an end and anybody who has been getting that top-up would not be extended until January but only the R350 COVID-19 social grant.” Said Palesa
Ramaphosa said studies conducted showed that the grants were vital in reducing the impact of COVID-19 on levels of poverty and hunger. However, the President says the grant cannot be expanded beyond three months.