Sassa R500

By | March 20, 2023

Sassa R500

Sassa R500 Application

Beneficiaries of Sassa grant has in the past year complained bitterly to the government of South Africa that the amount given them as a grant per month which is R350 has lost its value since cost of living is getting high which is now making a living very difficult for them. According to the letter that was written by the citizens to the president and the finance minister, they said:

Sassa Social grants are the main means of survival for millions of households in South Africa. The bad economy, rising inflation and lack of income opportunities have left millions in poverty. For many years people have been promised better living conditions and the creation of income opportunities. However, over 20 years later, people are still waiting for these promises to become a reality. Increasing social grants by R500 would be an immediate and effective way to help people move forward and live with dignity. You have the responsibility to save lives and ensure families are not malnourished, can afford other basic necessities, create income opportunities for themselves, and look for work.

Over the past two years, you have continuously tabled budgets that pushed the marginalized majority deeper into poverty. You have increased grants with very low amounts that made almost no difference as the cost of living continues to rise. President Ramaphosa, you committed in your SONA to leave no one behind. So now you need to show up for the people, save lives and increase all grants by R500 as a step towards ensuring no one suffers the indignity of poverty.

Sassa R500 Demand

“This Wednesday, Finance Minister Godongwana will announce how much social grants will increase by in his budget speech. If enough of us come together, we can ensure he feels the pressure to make a significant increase! The Minister is now looking at public comments for tips as he finalises his budget. So we have to act fast”.

Since 2020, the cost of living in South Africa has gone up:

  •  pushing many households into deeper poverty. For years people have called for proper social grant increases so people can live with dignity, but we have seen social grant increases as low as R10
  •  President Ramaphosa is now clearly feeling the pressure to act because he mentioned the government is working on a Basic Income Grant (BIG) and that social grants must increase to help people because of rising inflation

“We don’t know by how much Finance Minister Godongwana will increase social grants, but we know that for years, social grant increases have not kept up with the real cost of living. Social grants have not been enough, to begin with. If we act quickly, we can ensure a proper increase on all grants. In his Budget Speech on 22 February 2023, Minister Godongwana must increase all grants, including the R350 grant, by R500. If all grants are increased by R500, the new grants amounts would provide urgent relief to help households put food on the table”.

In the long term, a Basic Income Grant of R1417 must be implemented by 1 April 2024 and must be given to all those aged 18 – 59 with little to no income. Furthermore, all issues with the R350 grant must be urgently fixed, more budget must be allocated, and all those who qualify for it, including caregivers, must get it.

Who Is Qualified For Sassa R500 Application

Applicants must be:

  • South African Citizens, Permanent Residents or Refugees registered with Home Affairs;
  • Resident within the borders of the Republic of South Africa;
  • Above the age of 18;
  • Unemployed;
  • Not receiving any income;
  • Not receiving any social grant;
  • Not receiving any unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits;
  • Not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme;
  • Not receiving any other government COVID-19 response support; and
  • Not resident in a government funded or subsidized institution.

Sassa R500 Application Requirements

You will need the following to apply:

  • Identity Number;
  • Name and Surname as captured in the ID (and initials);
  • Gender and Disability;
  • Banking details – Bank Name and Account Number;
  • Contact details – Cell phone number;
  • Proof of Residential Address;

Sassa Contact Details

Applicants applying for the grant can update their personal information if it was provided incorrectly initially on the SRD website and/or alter their responses to the screening questions previously asked in their Sassa application. Visit the official website of Sassa For More Details.

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