Breaking News: SASSA SRD R350 Grant is Increased to R370

The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, also known as the R350 grant, will be increased from R350 to R370 starting in April 2024.

SASSA SRD R350 Grant Increased to R370

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced the increase in the National Assembly on Wednesday evening, March 13th, 2024. This adjustment represents a 5.7% increase, amounting to an R20 raise from R350 to R370.

This news comes as a welcome relief for the approximately 9 million South Africans who depend solely on the COVID-19 SRD grant and are struggling due to the rising cost of living.

Official Announcement of SRD Grant Increase

In his February budget speech 2024, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced that the SRD grant would be increasing this year, but it was unclear from which month the increase would take place. Finally, the increase is officially announced.

Now, during his sitting in the National Assembly on March 13th, 2024, Minister Godongwana stated:

I am pleased to say that we have found consensus that in between, subject to the finalization of the comprehensive social security programme, we’ll increase the R350 to R370 by the 1st of April this year. That is part of the progressive realization of the basic rights of our people.

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

So, it is now clear that the R350 grant will be increased to R370 starting from April 2024.

Budget Allocation for Social Grants in 2024/2025

The R33.6 billion budget is allocated for social grants in 2024/2025. Initially, it was set to R36 billion, but due to some constraints, it was reduced to R33.6 billion.

However, the government still fulfills its commitment to social welfare by approving the increase in the SRD grant. This decision reflects the prioritization of supporting the citizens even in the face of budget constraints.

SASSA SRD Grant Extended Until March 2025

The SASSA SRD grant was initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which countless businesses were forced to close, and millions lost their jobs. Initially, it was to help the citizens during COVID-19, but later, the government recognized the ongoing need for support and subsequently extended the grant multiple times.

Building on this recognition, the government has further extended the grant until March 2025, with the possibility of further extensions.

Future of SRD Grant

The government has expressed interest in extending the SRD grant. However, securing a permanent source of funding remains a challenge. They are currently exploring ways to ensure consistent financial support for the program.

The Finance Minister addressed this issue during the MTBP (Medium Term Budget Policy) held on November 2nd, 2023:

“If that or a similar type of new grant is made permanent, beneficiaries are projected to expand from 27.3 million in 2023/24 to 40.4 million in 2040/41, which will cost 3.8 % of GDP in 2040/41 and require a corresponding permanent source of funding, such as additional revenue measures.”

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

So, the future of SRD grants looks bright, but the government only needs to find ways to provide permanent funding. Hopefully, this announcement will be included in the next budget.

Conclusion

In summary, increasing the SASSA SRD R350 grant to R370, starting April 2024, provides much-needed relief for millions of South Africans struggling with rising living costs. Despite budget constraints, the government remains committed to supporting citizens, reflecting its dedication to social welfare.

FAQs

The increase from R350 to R370 will take effect from April 1st, 2024, as officially announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana during a sitting in the National Assembly on March 13th, 2024.

Yes, the government has extended the SASSA SRD grant until March 2025, with the possibility of further extensions. However, securing a permanent source of funding remains a challenge, and the government is exploring ways to ensure consistent financial support for the program.

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79 Comments

    1. Hi Lieketseng,

      Please follow the process in this guide and let me know if you face any problem. I will be glad to help.

      Thank you!

  1. My 350 is still pending, I don’t know what’s going on or they are stealing it, can someone explain to me

        1. Heii please help me about I want use my Account for 350
          And now sasaa are say me Already requested in past 24 hours please help me about it

  2. I’m still waiting for dates for January and February because there is standing null but is approved,and March is already pending please help me.

  3. I am so sad because I lost my phone,,I couldn’t do SIM swap,so I am struggling to get my messages, please help me.

      1. Ever since i applied for grant till today I haven’t received it why I don’t know because I’m unemployed for 8 years but my application declined

  4. Hi there
    I can’t get any money when I apply it keeps on saying UIF and I’m not working since last year June how can I get help and at work I didn’t even got that UIF money

      1. We all know very very clearly that R370 per month is not enough for anyone who really needs money.

        I strongly advise that R1500 to rR500 is good for any person that’s in need in South Africa.

        1. Hi Stephan,

          I agree with you. The government has increased spending, but only within their budget limits. Hopefully, they’ll increase it more to better support all citizens.

  5. Hey, I didn’t receive my money February they said I have income of which someone sent me 600 then my srd declined because of that, I really don’t understand why cos it’s not like it’s my salary but a gift from Samaritans, even now on March it’s declined the reason says null I don’t understand crc

    1. Hi Phikisile,

      Have you filed an appeal with SASSA to explain that the amount was sent by someone else and that you don’t have any other source of income?

      1. No source of income someone deposited 5000 by mistake after all I only have my child support grand would U pls put in my 4 month declined money

  6. I have been checking my application status for the past 2 months it says declined and the reason says null. What does that mean?

    1. Hi Lynn,

      The reason showing as ‘null’ means that SASSA did not provide any explanation for canceling your grant. Please call the SASSA helpline at 0800 601 011 to find out the exact reason.

      1. I applied last year July and it said my application is already active now I can’t check my status and I never recieved anything still waiting

        1. Hi Alyssa,

          You can check your grant status anytime, whether it’s declined, approved, or any other status.

          Just visit https://sassagrantstatuscheck.co.za/, enter your ID Number and Phone number, and click the “Check Status” button. Your status will promptly display on the screen.

  7. It’s been declined since 2022 April,I didn’t receive anything,my status for declining is source income.

    1. Hi Irene,

      It means that SASSA has identified that you already have a source of income. If you don’t have, then you can appeal your grant to get approval.

  8. Good morning
    I can completely understand that R370 is better than R350. However this amount is not even enough to feed a single person for one week. Let alone transport fees to go and withdraw it. What about paying your rent. Our government is sadly far removed from the reality that our citizens experience on a daily basis.

    1. Hi im having the same issue from last year august i havent been collecting an im not working still so i dont know why they declining me an i have appealed all

  9. Unfortunately some of us have not been receiving any money since January till today but we’ve been updating srd bank details so we could at least receive something

    I really need help because this money have been helpfull to me last year

    1. Hi Vuyani,

      If you have provided your banking details and your grant is approved, then you should receive pay dates. Could you please let me know what your SASSA status shows?

  10. I’ve applied in August and still no money it shows approved every month but no pay out. Please advise

  11. Waiting for this money since 2023 April,it’s says income source detected .while there’s nothing on my bank card 😒
    I dint know what to do,

    1. Hi Thandolwethu,

      Did you try to appeal your grant to prove to SASSA that you don’t have any income source?

  12. I applied in 2021,I was then approved, but because I checked every month, and there was nothing I stopped looking.

    Then in 2022 I checked again, and saw my status approved, pay day 0.2023. I checked again, just to find out that some of the dates got approved with pay dates, I was then advised to update my banking details witch I did, but to this day all the approved statuses is without pay dates?

    1. Hi Portia,

      To identify the exact issue causing the no pay dates for your grant, please contact the SASSA helpline at 0800 601 011. They will inform you of the exact reason and guide you on how to resolve this.

    1. Hi Veronica,

      Yes, all the SASSA grants are increased. I will be writing a detailed post soon and will share the link with you.

  13. Well I’m unemployed now for more then 4 years now I’ve applied for the 350 ever since it came out but keep saying declined and I don’t have any other income or I dont have any other money that is laying around I only got last year December and January 350’s and I was decline in February again so tell me what do I do now….coz Im unemployed with no other income plz help

    1. I do appeals last year even know i didn’t get money and now I’m sick and tired with sassa April July August September 2023

      1. It’s been declining for so many months I think I year a get it once if not twice so it’s like IM not receiving anything from sassa I wonder where does my money goes to

        1. Hi Amanda,

          Could you please let me know the reason for the declination shown in your status?”

    1. I lost my phone and now I can’t even check my status and I kept on calling the customer service but they kept on saying the lines are bizy what can I do

      1. Hi Thato,

        I’m truly sorry for your loss. I understand this is a difficult time. You may need to wait until the lines are available again. In the meantime, you can still check your status without using your phone.

        Please visit https://sassagrantstatuscheck.co.za/ and enter your South African ID Number and phone number. Your status will be displayed on that page.

        Take care, and feel free to reach out if you need further assistance.

        1. I’m confused by sitting my new R370 it 17 months and 17 days without receiving my grand as a unemployed since 28 Friday 2023 please help me so I feed myself.

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