President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a three-month extension of the COVID-19 grant payouts during his Economic Recovery Plan address, as part of the government’s continued relief efforts.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, on Thursday, 15 October 2020, delivered the much-anticipated Economic Recovery Plan to a joint hybrid sitting of Parliament, which was later summarised on Twitter. Following the address, many weighed in on the plan and raised various concerns. Others claimed that it failed to provide practical resolutions which can be immediately implemented, such as the promise of creating 800 000 employment opportunities in the coming months.
However, one immediate action that the president did announce was the extension of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD) payout period. The R350 payouts are granted to families and individuals most affected by the pandemic, particularly those who have suffered a loss of income.
Initially, it was announced that the payouts would be cut off at the end of October 2020. However, the extension has ensured that the payments will continue until January 2021. The decision to do so was explained as one that seeks “to provide support to those in society who continue to face hunger and distress.”
See the post below.
“To provide support to those in society who continue to face hunger and distress, we will be extending the Special #COVID19 Grant by a further 3 months.”
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) October 15, 2020