Covid grant should be increased to at least R413, say civil society groups

A new means test and bank verification process has resulted in far fewer people getting the grant


News | 20 March 2023

“R350 is an insult. It is even less than the lunch of a minister’s son a day”

Activist groups demand Basic Income Grant of R1,500 at Kariega protest


Brief | 23 February 2023

Budget: social grants go up, but not as much as inflation

Covid grant budget slashed by R8-billion


News | 22 February 2023

Budget protesters demand “a decent life”

Cry of the Xcluded calls for basic income grant in Wednesday’s budget


Brief | 21 February 2023

Over a million people who qualify for the R350 grant aren’t getting it

Only 85% of all approved beneficiaries are being paid, Parliament hears


News | 15 February 2023

No lights, no photocopier, broken toilets: the SASSA office in Mokopane is a mess

Agency moved into “temporary” offices more than a year ago


Brief | 8 February 2023

Hundreds march to demand Ramaphosa address Basic Income Grant at SONA

Civil society organisations want R350 SRD grant increased to R1,447


Brief | 2 February 2023

Another Postbank “glitch” delays January social grant payments

“We came to the Post Office and they said there was no money”


News | 11 January 2023

Raise income tax for the rich to fund a permanent R350 grant, say experts

This would be affordable and would boost the economy, say experts appointed by the Department of Social Development in new report


News | 13 December 2022

SASSA beneficiaries left stranded on Friday morning

They were told staff were having a party. GroundUp was told the same thing but the Western Cape SASSA spokesperson has denied this


Brief | 13 December 2022

“I had to put my groceries back” says Delft mother after her SASSA card was declined

Postbank abruptly suspended grant withdrawals at ATMs after incidents of fraud


News | 8 December 2022

Postbank loses over R18-million to cybercrime attacks

Most of the money stolen came from the SASSA beneficiary grant payment system, says CEO


News | 1 December 2022

Mother makes over 200 calls to Post Offices in desperate bid to get her social grant

Postbank says it is working to resolve the system glitch for all recipients


News | 11 November 2022

R350-a-month grant extended until March 2024

But millions who used to get the grant have not been receiving it


News | 26 October 2022

Call for Treasury to tax the rich to pay for a Basic Income Grant

“Government has ignored poor and marginalised people for too long”


News | 18 October 2022

About 7.5 million people receive the R350 grant

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu also announces top-up grant for relatives caring for orphans


News | 11 October 2022