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Here’s The R350 Grant Timeline From Then To Now



Here’s The R350 Grant Timeline From Then To Now

Here’s The R350 Grant Timeline From Then To Now. Thousands of unemployed individuals rely on the R350 grant to survive every month. The grant, introduced in 2020, has undergone several extensions to ensure support for vulnerable individuals during challenging times. Let delve into the comprehensive timeline of the R350 grant, tracking its journey from inception to the present.

Here’s The R350 Grant Timeline From Then To Now

Thousands of South Africans rely on government assistance every month to afford basic goods and services. South African Social Security Agency is inviting those in need of assistance to apply for the R350 grant in March.

May 2020: R350 Grant Is Introduced

In May 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the inception of a special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant amounting to R350 per month. This initiative aimed to provide relief for six months to unemployed individuals who didn’t receive any other social grant or Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits.

October 2020: R350 Grant Extended For The First Time

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced the extension of the R350 grant until January 2021 during the 2022 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement. The extension aimed to continue supporting around 6 million beneficiaries during challenging economic times.

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February 2021: Ramaphosa Announced R350 Grant Three-Month Extension

President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed a three-month extension of the R350 grant during the 2021 State Of The National Address (SONA). This extension highlighted the effectiveness of the grant in alleviating immediate financial burdens for poor South Africans.

April 2021: R350 Grant Implementation Ends

Sassa made the final R350 grant payments to beneficiaries, concluding the implementation of the grant at the end of April 2021.

July 2021:  R350 Grant Is Reinstated by Government

President Ramaphosa reinstated the R350 grant in July 2021, extending it until March 2022 due to improved revenue collection.

February 2022:  R350 Grant Extended By 12 Months

President Ramaphosa extended the SRD grant by 12 months during the 2022 SONA, ensuring support until March 2023.

July 2022: More People Expected To Qualify For The R350 Grant

The income threshold of the R350 grant was increased to R624 in July 2022, anticipating an increase in eligible beneficiaries.

October 2022: 12-month Extension

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced a 12-month extension of the R350 grant, securing payments until March 2024.

February 2023: President Announces Intention To Continue Implementation Of Grant

During the 2023 SONA, President Ramaphosa confirmed the continuation of the R350 grant but didn’t disclose plans beyond March 2024.

November 2023: Another R350 Grant Extension Announced

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced another extension of the R350 grant, prolonging payments until March 2025.

The R350 grant has served as a vital lifeline for millions of South Africans, providing essential support during times of economic hardship.


The timeline of the R350 grant illustrates its evolution from a temporary relief measure to a sustained lifeline for vulnerable individuals. With each extension, it continues to provide crucial support, emphasizing its significance in addressing economic challenges.

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