Social relief grant will be impossible to withdraw – Sachs

Social relief grant will be impossible to withdraw – Sachs

Pensioners brave icy conditions as they stand in line to collect their grants. Archive photo: Masego Mafata, GroundUp Inflation hikes and high rates of unemployment have triggered increased levels of dependency on the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant and government will have to consider making it permanent at some point.

This is a view highlighted by finance and fiscal expert Michael Sachs, who said the special grant may have to become a permanent line item on the national budget during a PSG Think Big Series webinar on Tuesday.

The SRD grant, which has supported 10.5 million South Africans, […]

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